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  •  I've read your posts in this thread, and still (2+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, Moravan

    don't know what your point is.

    OK, you say that the fact that the "direct server access" claim has now been debunked is no big deal because the "direct server access" claim wasn't a big deal in Greenwald's story (I disagree with your assessment; that sensationalistic claim was shouted all over the place).

    OK, but you also seem resistant to having the actual truth of the matter reported.  If you really want to discuss whatever you think IS the main issue, then what's the harm on having the tech issues reported accurately rather than in a false sensationalistic manner?  Perhaps you're annoyed because without the sensationalistic claim of "direct server access", lots of the emotional underpinnings of the original outrage are now undermined, so people won't care as much about whatever you think was the real issue.

    We could have been saved this trouble had Greenwald reported his story straight, rather than reporting it in a way so as to intentionally leave the impression that NSA had direct access to tech company's main servers.

    The fact is that NSA doesn't have direct access to the tech companies' main servers, can't directly access anyone's email whenever they want, can't "watch your thoughts as they form".  All they can do is access data requested in FISA court orders, orders that the tech companies comply with by placing the requested data on servers that are segregated from the main servers.  You may not think that that changes the entire emotional feel of the story, but for most people there's a big difference between NSA having direct access to everyone's accounts, email, cloud stored files, etc; and NSA merely accessing special purpose servers where the tech companies placed of FISA court requested info.

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