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  •  Complete Bullshit (31+ / 0-)
    ...and they could be curing disease, harnessing fusion, or finding ways to reduce the impact of AGW.
    And here, in a nutshell, is the reason that the NSA's stated raison d'etre is complete bullshit:  There is no existence proof.

    There is nothing the NSA can point to and truthfully claim, "There! We did that good, socially redeeming thing.  And it couldn't have been done any other way."

    And while the NSA vigorously claims it is amassing all this information to, "fight terrorism," I dryly note what they are not investigating:  Financial fraud.  Corrupt lawmakers.  Corrupt law enforcement.  Collusion between public officials and private corporations to loot the public commons and purse.  Spammers.  Malware authors.

    Assuming it's as vast and comprehensive as we've been led to believe (and which I'm sure they'd like us to believe), the NSA's database would be invaluable in tracing the connections from malware author and/or spammer to your PC.  It could help establish the quid-pro-quo arrangements that almost certainly exist between private entities and, say, members of the Michigan legislature.  And following money is supposed to be their Big Thing, so working out who's responsible for the systemic fraud that led to the 2008 meltdown should be cake.

    But it's not being done.  Because those in charge apparently don't want it done (despite the fact it would be an excellent PR move right about now).  Instead, they're farting around looking for "terrorists."

    (My only real question is: If the NSA hadn't filled this power vacuum, who would be there instead?)

    •  Booz-Allen (4+ / 0-)
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      native, trumpeter, larryrant, protectspice

      The NSA didn't do the actual heavy lifting, they outsourced it to the private sector.  And that's possibly the most chilling aspect of all.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:21:35 AM PDT

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    •  It's mission is to spend money, make rich richer (1+ / 0-)
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      It seems like, at the least, a massive scam by the defense industries to rob the treasury.

      We can only pray that it doesn't have an evil purpose as well.

      It sure doesn't seem to have any good or useful purpose.

      The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. -

      by No one gets out alive on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:02:12 AM PDT

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    •  Except I don't think they are looking for (3+ / 0-)
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      terrorists. Tsarnaev shouldn't have been that hard to find, given that Russia warned us about him, and they did fuck-all about that.

      They're amassing information to use on us. Obviously.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:05:50 AM PDT

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