My latest #NSA rant
Warning: salty language ahead, with a side of incensed impeachment talk.
- Last night, I came home from a lovely evening at Shakespeare on the Stapleton Green with my girls, fired up Twitter, and learned about the latest NSA outrage:
- — Susan (@shoshido)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:23:06NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, but only by accident, except for when they did it on purpose. http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/08/16/us/politics/16reuters-usa-security-snowden-nsa.html?_r=0 …13/0…
- — Washington Post (@washingtonpost)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:18:51"In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans." http://wapo.st/1295URl
- — Peter Suderman (@petersuderman)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:18:50"In dozens of cases, NSA personnel made careless use of the agency’s extraordinary powers..." http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-broke-privacy-rules-thousands-of-times-per-year-audit-finds/2013/08/15/3310e554-05ca-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story_3.html …ld/national…
- — Peter Suderman (@petersuderman)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:24:12NSA trains their information collectors to fill out required reports in ways that reveal as little as possible to overseers.
- — Peter Suderman (@petersuderman)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:25:01And oversight officials have no good way to investigate whether the information reported to them by the NSA is true or complete.
- — Peter Suderman (@petersuderman)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:26:03In other words, we have an unaccountable surveillance agency with utterly unaccountable power over individual privacy.
- One "error" stood out as a particularly vivid example of the NSA's abuses:
- — Barton Gellman (@bartongellman)Thu, Aug 15 2013 18:09:13That time the NSA misread area code 202 as country code 20 & grabbed all the calls from Washington instead of Egypt. http://bgell.me/13DUJxB
- — Julian Sanchez (@normative)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:13:2560% of incidents are "operator error". How exactly do you distinguish "error" from "abuser smart enough to concoct a pretext"?
- But wait... I thought President Obama just said there were no actual "abuses," just the potential for abuse?
- — Derek Hunter (@derekahunter)Thu, Aug 15 2013 20:42:03Remember, Obama said he ordered a review of #NSA spying long before Snowden. So either he lied or is incompetent. You pick.
- "Lied"... yup... that's the word for it:
- My initial response was a bit jokey:
- — Brendan Loy (@brendanloy)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:45:36#PANIC #DOOM RT @UTJolley: A government agency with no real external oversight? What could go wrong? http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-broke-privacy-rules-thousands-of-times-per-year-audit-finds/2013/08/15/3310e554-05ca-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story_3.html …ld/national…
- — Brendan Loy (@brendanloy)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:50:41
- Then I finally began digging into the main Washington Post story -- and that's when I started getting genuinely angry:
- — Brendan Loy (@brendanloy)Thu, Aug 15 2013 21:54:40Obviously true point: If the #NSA truly prioritized privacy/legality, it would have automatic computerized safeguards against these “typos.”
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