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  •  Interesting side point here (13+ / 0-)

    On one piece of that purported Snowden is brilliant and was skilled and able to impersonate electronically others above him to gain access to super duper secret documents.

    I jumped a bit on that story not for the potential smear angle that you mentioned, but for another thing that the story exposed that to me was far far more concerning.

    To me that story revealed a concern for just how serious the lack of internal controls were in the system. I felt that if Snowden was able to do it in his capacity and go undetected, what makes you think others with the same ability were doing the same thing, undetected. We and the NSA only know about it because Snowden exposed himself publicly.

     Snowden not only exposed an abusive overreaching ability of the NSA to spy on people, but he also exposed a serious vulnerability within the NSA internal controls, when taken to the next level. How many others may have done what he has done, but just haven't come forward with the information ...play out the worst case scenario in your head. If others have done and it all has been undetected.

     The NSA doesn't know exactly what is missing. The whole lack of internal controls combined with abusive levels of spying on people combined raises this to a HOUSTON we have a real problem!! That combination is frightening.

    Government of, for, and by the wealthy corporate political ruling class elites. We are the 99%-OWS.

    by emal on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:41:53 PM PDT

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    •  That was my thought too (3+ / 0-)
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      I mean, doesn't that mean that the impersonated officials have the ability to do all this stuff? And apparently they can just be impersonated.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:53:50 PM PDT

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    •  Clearly, hundreds, maybe thousands, of NSA (3+ / 0-)
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      system admins have this ability -  and could misuse such data in any number of ways. IN enormous ways. Like in blackmail of high government officials ways. It is just one more aspect of how this is not just a story - but a very, very big one.

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