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  •  What exactly would satisfy you (8+ / 0-)

    A civil trial victory against the NSA, including appeals through the SCOTUS, of a person being harmed by the government via blackmail, that would have occurred in the Obama administration?  Or would you say that was the 502 program, we are talking about the 573 program, or some such nonsense.
    The scope of the information gathering only makes sense as a method of civil control, not of true national security.

    "Searches with nonspecific warrants were ‘the single immediate cause of the American Revolution.’” Justice Wm. Brennan, referring to the 4th Amendment

    by Nailbanger on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 06:51:41 PM PDT

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    •  hhmmm (0+ / 0-)

      I think a start would be more transparency along with reforms to FISA especially changing how the judges are chosen.

      I think also the NSA should open up it's activities from 2000 to 2008  (at least) so long as it doesn't threaten current ops and methods.

      •  They Dare Not Open Up On This One (0+ / 0-)

        Even having been caught red-handed, to admit to having systematically weakened the defenses underlying the global financial infrastructure (to say nothing of everything else that could go down if the "cyber Pearl Harbor" threat materializes) would be game over for them.

        On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

        by stevemb on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:35:40 AM PDT

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        •  :shrug: it's not about what the NSA wants (0+ / 0-)

          the NSA serves at the combined pleasure of the president and Congress and both of those are answerable to the people.

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