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Officials Defend N.S.A. After New
Privacy Details Are Reported

New York Times, by David E. Sanger & Matt Apuzzo

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Posted By:Flyright, 7/7/2014 6:53:44 AM

Washington - The Obama administration on Sunday sought to play down new disclosures that the National Security Agency has swept up innocent and often personal emails from ordinary Internet users as it targets suspected terrorists in its global surveillance for potential threats.Administration officials said the agency routinely filters out the communications of Americans and information that is of no intelligence value. The statements came in response to a report by The Washington Post, based on a trove of conversations intercepted by the N.S.A. The Post’s analysis of the data, including information that Edward J. Snowden,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 7/7/2014 9:03:05 AM     (No. 9913586)

So did the Stasi.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: joew9, 7/7/2014 9:31:50 AM     (No. 9913627)

No surprise from me.
I can see no other way for a system that automatically mines for data to function without numerous false hits on innocent people. I am required to trust those in charge to discard that data as soon as it is understood not to be relevant to their case. But considering the behavior of the IRS, I cannot trust them. Nor can I trust that they will not try to disguise a targeted acquisition of my data as merely coincidental when they are actually targeting me because of my political views that are counter to theirs.

This is how the IRS/Tea Party scandal has damaged national security. We know that for national security we need to accept such accidental acquisitions of our data but that should be tempered by knowing that the data are in the hands of honorable people that will discard the data as soon as they know it´s not relevant and not allow it to fall into the hands of someone with political motivations. But the IRS has flagrantly violated that trust without any appearance of contriteness and in fact are arrogant. Thus they reduce our trust in them and therefore reduce our support for the NSA which is needed to protect us.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: strike3, 7/7/2014 10:01:43 AM     (No. 9913653)

It is important to remember that the NSA has been doing this data collection for decades and will continue to do so, regardless of stated policy and intentions. Snowden did not reveal anything new. The only reason they discard most of what they intercept is because their computer systems simply can not handle the high volume. They must choose only items of high interest to follow up on. What those items are depends upon what they are looking for at the time.

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