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  •  No, the NSA is not the military (0+ / 0-)

    The NSA is it's own agency. I know it looks confusing from the outside, but it is it's own agency with it's own chain of command. It's no more the military than the FBI.

    However, that being said, lots of ex military types like to make big bucks working for security contractors. They do it because they know the job and have the security clearances and internal connections.

    It's an aspect of revolving door politics, that we have neglected.

    The mentality in the military tends to favor expediency over a lot of other things. When that is the case, rights and laws can fall by the wayside in a moment of overzealousness. And when money is involved, that could really put a screw to things.

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