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  •  yeah, most politicians know shit about technology (1+ / 0-)
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    They get their talking points from briefs prepared by aides and lobbyists for their patron industries. They propose legislation conveniently written by the industries that benefit from it, so they have no need to know anything.

    The people who actually conceive, design and implement the technology are far below in the heirarchy. You don't actually think the politicians come up with this stuff do you?

    As for "security state", that doesn't require much tech - just a militarized police force, internal security oriented agencies like the Homeland Security, and a perpetual war mentality.

    But you've got your threats to democracy mixed up - we're discussing the surveillance state. You know, the NSA and it's "collect it all ways". And no, the politicians on those "oversight" committees don't know exactly what the NSA is doing - they've admitted as much.

    "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

    by quill on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 11:14:28 PM PST

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    •  You need to go to ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... Senator Wyden's official site and download the pdf link here to see what you're missing. That's a letter from Clapper to Wyden that has been made public. You can continue to write things like this:

      "And no, the politicians on those "oversight" committees don't know exactly what the NSA is doing - they've admitted as much."
      Or, you can learn about what really happened.

      On another note, politicians, like attorneys, need to know a lot about a lot of things. Are you saying all Democratic politicians know nothing about technical issues? Are you saying they care so little about their jobs or the safety of their constituents, and are so incurious, that they don't learn what they need to know? Sorry, but if you're that deeply cynical, then there can be no Government to satisfy you.  

      Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting. Ron Paul thinks he's a wit, but he's only half right.

      by Tortmaster on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 04:11:54 AM PST

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