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  •  Those who have called spying a "White Privilege" (6+ / 0-)

    For those who have tried to claim that the NSA spying stories are a "White Privilege" issue, I'd love to know what you think of this, where the government is using Patriot Act powers and surveillance, and laundering evidence in investigations that overwhelmingly affect people of color. We all had to know that these programs that were designed to fight terrorism would eventually be expanded to include domestic law enforcement, with the racial disparities so common in that area.

    •  I bet they aren't overwhelmingly affecting people (2+ / 0-)
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      phillies, elmo

      of color, at least not ones who are at the slightest bit disadvantaged in their lives. We're not talking about the guy on the corner...we're talking about those who are communicating with others abroad, which is why the NSA can intercept them.

      I was gonna listen to that, but then, um, I just carried on living my life. - Aldous Snow

      by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:01:04 AM PDT

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      •  At the wholesale level..... (0+ / 0-)

        I am pretty sure that investigations are focusing on organized criminal organizations. That's going to include a lot of people of color. Maybe not overwhelmingly, but I would say that the people receiving bulk, wholesale levels of illegal drugs for retail distribution are going to include a lot of people of color.

        •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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          elmo

          Isn't this sort of racially-tinged itself, this comment?

          I am pretty sure that investigations are focusing on organized criminal organizations. That's going to include a lot of people of color.
          The White Privilege being talked about only extends to US citizens; it's irrelevant if the people in Columbia or wherever else are 'white'.

          I was gonna listen to that, but then, um, I just carried on living my life. - Aldous Snow

          by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:30:11 AM PDT

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          •  My point is.... (1+ / 0-)
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            When those drugs are being imported, they're ending up in distribution networks that are going to include a lot of criminal drug gangs that include people of color. I am assuming that they're not going to limit the scope of their investigations solely to the importers. I'd always thought it was a fact that trafficking and distribution investigations disproportionately target people of color. So if they're using NSA intercepts to source the flow of drugs, they're then going to use that information to target people at multiple levels of the supply chain, and launder the evidence so that these investigations appear to the result of standard investigation techniques. I do not believe they will only use this information to target foreign nationals or white importers.

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