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    eps62, Tortmaster

    I would agree that getting too deep into the techniques in a public way could produce some issues with regards to effectiveness, but I don't think Senator Wyden was asking the DNI to blow the project.

    During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wyden asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency collects “any type of data at all on millions of Americans.” Clapper responded, “No, sir” — a response that seems to run contrary to the revelations of the past week concerning the NSA’s broad phone record collection efforts.
    The Washington Post

    It would seem the programs could operate with an acceptable level of secrecy something short of "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you." My concern is that this level of secrecy might be less intended to protect the effectiveness of the programs than to protect the programs themselves*.

    *Granting that the people running the programs felt they might need some protection from the politics of the Congress. Who doesn't?

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by ricklewsive on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:11:08 AM PDT

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