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  •  DId you compare the VA Budget to the NSA budget? (0+ / 0-)

    kinda sorta did.

    .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:37:40 PM PDT

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    •  I was saying the government's been ineffective (0+ / 0-)

      in handling lots of data on computers and having the most up-to-date stuff before.

      Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

      by teresahill on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:29:08 PM PDT

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      •  Gov. or contractor? (1+ / 0-)
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        A Contractor with a big assed dollar contract.

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:45:25 PM PDT

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      •  Just because the VA (2+ / 0-)
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        isn't competent enough to do data collection and analysis doesn't mean the NSA also isn't.  Besides, the vast majority of the information that the NSA collects can be sorted and cataloged by computers.  I doubt aunt Martha's cookie recipe is tripping over any key-words that would cause it to need further analysis.  The VA on the other hand has to not only collect the data but each file actually has to have a person review it, more than once.  Could they automate some of that, yes.  But for now they don't.  

        Now, as to whether or not the NSA is effective at sorting and cataloging that data is still a pending question, but technically speaking capture and storage of the data is easy.  Your telecom company is doing much of the ground work for them so they can bill you.

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