The Post reported, “The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.” I know it is de popular to hyperventilate about the National Security Agency (NSA) findings, but the hysteria is disproportionate to what we know. That is the NSA’s fault because it has tried to get by with generalities and platitudes. However, an internal audit is a sign that there were efforts to reduce or eliminate the error rate.
This is yet another instance of the small error rate damage control spin put out by the establishment. They make a virtue out of collecting all the data crossing the internet with their huge computers and then having human analysts reviewing only a very small percentage of it. This is a necessity of the situation not a virtue of restraint at the NSA! I am sure they would like to have enough loyal analysts to keep up with the machines and examine every bit of information. That is impossible and it doesn´t prove any restraint on the part of the managers of this all pervasive surveillance!
As with everything else that is supposed to be in his area of responsibility, the Rodeo Clown hasn´t a clue what´s going on. Furthermore, he doesn´t care, as long as he can golf to his heart´s content and his loathsome wife can show off her hideous clothes in the best restaurants. They are both addicted to celebrity.
The NSA has been performing the same level of surveillance for many years and will continue to do so because they can. They have the technology and the official cover to do what they please, no matter what stories obama and carney tell us.
2,276 errors...hmmm it would be interesting to see the party the 2,276 belong to... congress should subpoena the records and do some checks. Since they have the numbers they should have the names. Wonder why the far left WP posted this??? Another Friday dump.
Please be careful not to use excessive spaces . LCom Staff.
The reality is nobody wants to know about what you had for breakfast (and will likely have again) except for grocers, grain brokers/millers, and, of course, farmers.
Until recently it was enough to do marketing surveys. Alas, technology has destroyed the validity of that method, but the same technology has enabled marketeers to tap into REAL ON LINE DATA to see what everybody is buying, where they are buying it, and presumably eating.
NSA is doing little more than the same thing, and though your true civil libertarians ought to be concerned with the basic data collection activity ~ to wit, Google.com lookups, telephone call O&D, and time, etc. ~ they are looking downstream to collation, not collection. That´s why NSA asks the commercial communications common carriers for the meta data.
That´s why I distrust all the self-proclaimed 4th amendment fantabulists. (A new word for you Mark). They imagine they can control the behavior of a government agency full of spies, but they´ve already given up on marketters who do the same stuff AND FAR MORE ~ is your toilet paper soft enough? They know ~ about yours! And your neighbors. Certainly that´s personal stuff eh? They can give that info to Safeway or to NSA, and they do.
There are things we can do to minimize our coherent footprint ~ called ´hiding in plain sight´ ~ and getting rid of NSA won´t help unless you protect yourself first. Remember, the German, French, Russian, Chicom spies are still out there ~ looking at the same stuff.
Keep in mine it is not the fact that we can collect massive amounts of data, it is the intent behind what is going to be done with it. Any politician can be corrupt, but traditionally Republicans have been more interested in protecting the country while democRats are more interested in protecting their political interests.
...Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that the collection effort was unconstitutional. The court said that the methods used were ‘deficient on statutory and constitutional grounds,’ according to a top-secret summary of the opinion, and it ordered the NSA to comply with standard privacy protections or stop the program.”)
So why didn´t it stop the program as ordered by this Court? The program isn´t stopped after being ordered to. That is lawless.
...or is this just reflexive unwillingness to be forthcoming? We don’t know.
I submit that yes, we do know. The "unwillingness to be forthcoming" permeates every level from the White House down thru the Agencies and down to Democrats at every level of our government, local and national.
It is nothing new that the Administration and the NSA (same thing) are not telling us the truth. Yet who is calling them out on it? The same people who are not calling them out on ANY of the lawlessness that is taking place by this Administration (see MUST READ "Obama Flauts the Law" by Clarice.
So long as Obama is permitted to break the Law and violate our Constitutional rights seriatum, he will continue until there is nothing left but dictatorship and no more elections.
#7, I´ve been in the "big data" computer business for a long time, and I can state unequivocally that (a) you don´t know what you´re talking about, and (b) this is a real danger not just to our personal privacy but also to our form of government.
This isn´t merely metadata with masked personal identities (such as the types used for market research). It´s multiple massive transaction databases (phone, email, purchases, etc.) with identification of the individuals conducting the transactions. That´s the whole point of why the NSA is collecting, aggregating, connecting, and analyzing this data. They want to find not just patterns, but WHO is interacting with whom, and exactly what they´re saying, thinking, buying, and planning.
And while that will indeed help find terrorists, it will also be tempting - very tempting - for certain politicians and their apparatchiks to find, connect, and ultimately destroy THEIR "enemies". Well, like tea party leaders...as already demonstrated by them in other agencies.
No, this isn´t a harmless exercise. It´s a clear and present danger to every American and it must be severely limited and controlled (and I´ve already previously posted exactly how that could be done).
First Obama said NSA wasn´t spying on Americans. Then he admitted they were, but said there were no incidents of abuse. Then he admitted that there were incidents of abuse, but said they weren´t significant.
Folks it´s not just 0bama. It´s GEN Keith Alexander you ought to be worried about. He´s the reason this program exists. That man needs to be charged under the UCMJ and sent for the long tour at FT Leavenworth.
Sounding off at a public hearing on the issue, retired Marine Corps Colonel Peter Martino picked up on that sort of message and cautioned, "DHS is building a domestic army...because the government is afraid of its own citizens."
First rule of War is Signals Intercept. You must intercept the enemy´s communications in order to craft a winning Order of Battle.
I hate to be the one crying wolf but my first thought is to keep our eyes on the big picture. The NSA has morphed (as has every other agency with a three or four letter acronym) into an essential part of Obama´s coming police state.
Think back over the past year. Scandals with the NSA, IRS, SEC, FEC, FBI, DOJ, EPA, FCC, TSA, FEMA, etc... Couple that with Obama´s promised "Federales" (i.e. Homeland Security) and militarized police forces (i.e. Boston) we can see that all the pieces are falling into place under our nose.
All the while Obama distracts us with vacations and golf games. Can Republican politicians be so stupid?
OMG, the posts are soo good. Poster #10, #22 et al you likely know about 0bama´s 2008 speech in Colorado Springs where he envisioned the need for a well funded "civilian security force." For those interested, go here to see it:
#10, #13 ~ as usual that always draws somebody out to DEFEND the phone companies and private market analysis firms.
I´ve been working the ´big data´ deal for a very long time myself ~ your private marketing organizations are far less adept at masking identities than NSA ~ and as far as anyone knows they simply don´t do it.
In fact all of them operate a side business where they regularly hand over finely honed mailing lists for use by people with less than sterling reputations ~
Then there are the phone companies. They prepare and mail phone bills ~ they use the exact same data files to their contract letter shops that they send to NSA. There is less than optimal security surrounding those operations.
That´s just one of the many ways the other guys get access. I´m sure you know all of that but I want to make sure others reading this thread know it too.
While we prepare to crack down on NSA let´s crack down on the private practices as well ~ it´s the fact the data exists at all that´s the danger.
It appears that what we now have is a Gestapo, just with a different name. I never thought that I would live in a country that spied on all of it´s citizens like what is now happening. I get shouting mad, but don´t know what I can do about it. I vote in every election and try to choose the candidate that thinks like I do and believes in what I believe in, but is doesn´t seem to make a bit of difference. And that´s why I keep belly aching about having another revolution. IMHO, that´s the only thing that will clean out the corruption in DC.
It is necessary to completely ignore and bypass the Constitution in order to implement and maintain a Federal Police State. This is one of the tools the Democrats are employing with the goal and obtainable objective of seizing and maintaining permanent power and control over the Federal government, and the people and the States. America is dying. It is like a cancer spreading throughout the body of liberty and freedom.
20 years ago I read a book called, "The Puzzle Palace", by liberal author James Bamford. In that book he described in great detail the capabilities of the NSA and the massive influence it can exert over all telecommunications companies, as well as hardware and software companies. Of course, at that time, the NSA´s Charter was limited to spying outside the U.S. for the purpose of national security. Recently, perhaps under the guise of the Patriot Act, their mission statement was loosened considerably to the point that now we have a real life East German Stasi within our borders keeping tabs on all Americans.
Unfortunately for them, the thing that liberals never can grasp is the willingness of red-blooded Americans to die for the cause of Freedom. We will not be bullied, or intimidated by this tyranny of Communists within our walls. A red purge will be forthcoming. When they squeal, don´t let up. When they squeal again, apply more force, and don´t stop until you hear no more squeals.
The NSA claiming that their snooping violations were "inadvertent" and a "mistake" is like a carpenter saying his hammer accidently built the wrong house.
There is no accident in an organization like this with it´s level of technological sophistication. And the idea that they didn´t mean to do it is ludicrous. You have to design software to do what it does, it doesn´t do things on it´s own.
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