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  •  we differ, then. (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    Putting tiny pieces of data together can lead to a surprising amount of indications about behavior, etc. I do NOT want Big Uncle Brother Sam having that capacity  - about me.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 02:58:53 PM PDT

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    •  But you are not ever going to (0+ / 0-)

      be on a call with a terrorist, so there is almost no chance any government employee will have the time or inclination to look into your behavior. On the other hand, the fact that they can piece together the behavior of people who actually do wish to participate in violent actions against us is a good thing, as we all would like to live in peace. I'm one of the vast majority of Americans who are happy that we have dedicated people focused on keeping us safe (without starting wars) and proud that our covert services are smart enough to be able to do what they are "accused" of doing. Face it, the NSA is pretty kick-ass in terms of their technological abilities.

      •  why on earth would they be compelled to (2+ / 0-)
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        limit their review of data to one simple contact with a terrorist?

        There are countless examples of how giving some authority an inch ends up becoming a mile wide. If they have that data, nothing stops them from using it at some point at time.

        Even worse, MISUSING it. You do know that the right of a cop to lie to you  is constitutionally protected? So sayeth the Supreme Robes. But, if you lie to an officer conducting an investigation, you risk criminal penalties. It is not a far stretch to see how this type of data can be misused for a variety of reasons.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 03:11:36 PM PDT

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        •  Some of us understand that there (0+ / 0-)

          really are people on this planet who would kill innocent Americans if we do not stop them first. There are people who would detonate a nuclear weapon in a populated US city if they had the ability to do so. Our intelligence services must be vigilant against this very real threat. Some people here have openly stated that there is no threat and that no amount of security is justifiable (since, after all, there is no threat). I'm sure you can come up with theoretically constructs where the "government" misuses data on my electronic communications. But I'll take that theoretical risk any day if it helps diminish the actual, real-world risk of violence.

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