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  •  This is rather banal considering that the (1+ / 0-)
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    NSA wiretaps * everybody * !

    •  I thought they only wiretapped white people... (6+ / 0-)

      and this power would be used to protect black people cause OBAMA.

      Who do you think this program is used against?

    •  That's glib. And glosses over a major distinction (0+ / 0-)

      If the NSA is collecting our emails -- even if, as I've suspected, they're secretly recording all calls to store in an archive where it might be analyzed by powerful supercomputers, that's hugely different than a program that deliberately targets influential lawmakers and military officers.

      Such a program really can have only one purpose -- to uncover dirt that can be used to control them or to undermine someone they disfavor for whatever reason. That's massively different than a program that doesn't differentiate among the citizenry and is aimed at finding real threats among the undifferentiated.

      Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

      by FischFry on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:20:03 PM PDT

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    •  They capture everything (0+ / 0-)

      i.e., the communications of everybody, by default. This is like a stack of unopened letters. They don't necessary read everything right away because they still don't have that capability, which is why they store most of it for later examination.

      For certain people, however, they expend the resources to track them in real time, i.e., to read the letters while they continue to collect the mail of everyone else.

      Before Tice's interview, I suggested that the intel agencies don't need to read all of our mail; they only need to read the mail of people in key positions of power, so as to control them. Tice's statements appear to confirm that my theory has some validity.

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