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  •  The big picture is that we have a very privatized (4+ / 0-)

    security apparatus where hundreds of thousands of people, if not a million, potentially have access to a metric shit ton of information about everyone in the country, and have for more than a decade. We also know that all organizations have motivation to abuse a program if said abuse will make them more powerful. So big picture is we have absolutely no clue as to what sort of abuse is going on.

    The NSA is telling us that this data has literally never been used for any sort of black mail. That right there is a guaranteed lie. No way there is zero abuse of a data set like this. No way at all. So they're either lying and they know better, or they're so inept that they just haven't caught anyone doing it. Based on the past I'm assuming they're lying. They've been doing it for years now, why stop.

    It's also good to remember the role the NSA played in getting us into the Vietnam war, ginning up false evidence of the Gulf of Tonkin incident. If we want to look t the big picture. Now we've got massive corporations that are closely bound to the organization. That's not reassuring at all.

    If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

    by AoT on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:40:32 AM PST

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