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  •  I Have No Argument (8+ / 0-)

    about the method, which (if you'll pardon me) I don't think is the important story here.

    The story is WHO authorized, blessed, and okayed these processes to be used for illegal domestic spying.  Why, if it is so "OK" did NSA engage in the shell game of shifting "jurisdiction" back and forth between civilian covert auspices and DOD whenever a Congressional committee wanted to make inquiries?  Why didn't more people who were involved in running the program blow the whistle; what's at the root of all this complicity?

    The human angle is and always will be where the real story resides.

    "Give me but one firm spot to stand, and I will move the earth." -- Archimedes

    by Limelite on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 06:58:30 PM PST

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    •  I would say that the method... (6+ / 0-)

      ... implies a systematic and enormous development effort to implement the system, which the NSA has already admitted they have.  Albiet, they say that they have only used it to monitor foreign communications; I again argue that it is impossible to build such a system without having the capacity to listen to all communications, and furthermore, listening to a huge sample of innocent communications, illegally, in order to build the system.

      This sort of effort would require a huge resource allocation.  This would be the Apollo program of the spy world.  Which leads, at least to a very good likelihood that it was known about and authorized from the top down.  And thus, I am not sure that there is as much of a blurring between the technical method and the human angle.

      While I cannot prove what the NSA has been up to, I can look at what they have said and apply my own professional knowledge to the problem.  I realize that circumstantial evidence is not proof; with this said, I cannot come to any other conclusion at this time, given the current data that I have.

      The next few days and weeks should be interesting, regardless.

      Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand; Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand. -- Neil Peart

      by JRandomPoster on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 07:13:46 PM PST

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