Unless we want to accept an Orwellian future in which privacy is a distant memory, we need to limit the NSA’s authority to surveillance of legitimate foreign targets. Congress needs to pass a law telling the agency, in no uncertain terms, what it must never do.
Eight companies with silly names came down at last on the side of citizens over spies.
Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/shooting_the_messenger_20131208 There is a deeply misguided attempt to sacrifice Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond on the altar of the security and surveillance state to justify the leaks made by Edward Snowden. It is argued that Snowden, in exposing the National Security Agency’s global spying operation, judiciously...
“Either the NSA is really trying to comply with the court’s orders and is incapable of doing so or they’re not really trying to comply. Neither of those explanations is particularly comforting.”
On one starkly polarizing side is the dark figure of Dianne Feinstein, who has pushed a bill though her committee that provides the NSA’s spying with legal cover.
The NSA’s surveillance will damage the ability of the press to report on the important issues of our time.
Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175771/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_a_surveillance_state_scorecard/ Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough. It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America’s spymasters had made just that mistake. If...
The Sensenbrenner-Leahy bill stands in principled contrast to the one pushed through the Senate Intelligence Committee by Dianne Feinstein, who has long been the most shameful apologist for the antics of the NSA.
With Dianne Feinstein’s hand on the gavel, you can expect plenty of fake inquiries to pantomime actual oversight. She is an apologist and a flack for the surveillance state.