Congress Is Holding Hearings on Government Spying … Here’s a Cheat Sheet

If you’ve been too busy to catch up on the details of the spying scandal, here’s an overview:

  • A Congressman noted that – even if such a mass surveillance program is started for good purposes – it will inevitably turn into a witch hunt

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6 Responses to “Cheat-Sheet On Spying”

  1. Frwip says:

    NSA spying did not prevent a terror attack on Wall Street

    No. It’s a lot worse. The entire premisses on which this NSA boondoggle is based are plainly false.

    The 3 letters agencies had pretty much all the information they needed to prevent 9/11 from happening. But they failed to coordinate and use this information and 2,977 innocent citizens paid the agencies’ incompetence with their life.

    So it’s not a matter of collecting more information but of knowing how to use the information they were already collecting. If anything, collecting more information only made worse the already staggering problem of sorting through fire hydrant, analyzing the relevant data and acting on it.

  2. VennData says:

    Tin foiler,

    Why do you believe the gov’t is blackmailing itself? Why doesn’t it keep Spitzer and Weiner private so it can milk itself further as they rise? Why are you crazy?

    • noncist says:

      The things about the US government, especially these three letter agencies, is that their power is highly decentralized and compartmentalized.

      Agencies and programs compete with one another for money and prestige; turf wars occur between competing groups that can escalate into blackmail. In addition, some of these people are willing to use their authority to resolve personal vendettas and they can get away with it due to the complexity of these systems and the lack of oversight.

      You will understand the US gov’t much better if you do not see it as a monolithic entity, because it is much more of a federation of shifting alliances that a clear top-down power structure.

  3. lburgler says:

    About a year ago, some morally questionable character at a workplace, which shall remain nameless, told me that I should never put anything in writing, because friends could betray me or regulators could blame me.

    So I asked how they were sure that the phones weren’t recorded. And this fool said that you can always hear a beep on recorded lines, but just in case s/he uses her cellphone for questionable dealings. And if all else fails, face-to-face is best.

    So, I asked whether she leaves her smartphone on the desk during these face-to-face meetings, and she said, “yeah, but it’s not turned on.” And I said, it has a microphone in it, and it’s hackable. It probably doesn’t NEED to be on. It’s basically a wire tap ready to go.

    To which she said that now I was just being paranoid… I wonder if she even remembers this conversation. Luckily the NSA has it on file for her.

  4. rwboomtown says:

    But for some reason we were outraged over Bush, but now not Obama? The pass he has received over spying and droning is proof the main stream media is in the tank for anyone who pushes more centralized power and crony capitalism. This administration is corrupt to a degree that astoundingly exceeds it’s predecessors.