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  •  I trust Richard Clarke (3+ / 0-)
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    CitizenOfEarth, accumbens, eztempo

    I think he has a lot of common sense.

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    by Shockwave on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:06:34 AM PDT

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    •  But does he or anyone else on this panel (3+ / 0-)
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      understand the technology; where the technology is going; what encryption really means; that just today it was reported that the password hacking software has been updated to passwords of up to 54 characters; or what any of that even means?  

      Where is the person who could sit on this panel who would be given the same status as the rest of them who knows what it means to build a hard drive or a software program?

      Just like the FISA court, these people are going to rely on what NSA technologists tell them without any expertise themselves or another member of the panel who isn't invested in protecting the NSA from oversight and meddling politicians.

      You could have five of the nicest most sensible people in the world on this panel and if they had no independent source to guide them through the technology they could be so easily misled.  So easily.  Frankly, that's part of what's already been going on.

    •  Clarke was unforgettable (1+ / 0-)
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      at the congressional hearings on 9/11. And he did try to impart the importance of the pre-9/11 chatter he was hearing to Ms. Condi Rice, who "didn't just want to swat at flies."

    •  I'll concede that Richard Clarke is trustworthy (2+ / 0-)
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      accumbens, Shockwave

      Perhaps he was thrown in there as a token voice to give the panel a whiff of credibility. But one person is not going to affect the outcome when he's a lone voice.

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      by CitizenOfEarth on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:59:29 AM PDT

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