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Fri Aug 9, 2013, 06:38 AM

Your Government Spies on You and Lies About It: Now What?

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/your-government-spies-you-and-lies-about-it-now-what



Now that Americans know the federal government domestically spies and lies about it—thanks to a litany of “misstatements” by top officials that have been debunked following disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—very big questions emerge about what kind of country we are going to be.

Americans keep hearing more news reports about the national security state’s growing reach. Reuters just broke the story of more police efforts to use data collected in the NSA’s domestic digital dragnet for FBI drug investigations. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that other federal agencies are clamoring for the NSA’s data and are engaged in turf battles over it.

The parade of domestic spying stories has been met with a stream of official denials, which have been unmasked by the media as lies. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said that the NSA didn’t read Americans' emails, but Snowden’s disclosure of the XKeyscore program—including the user manual showing that functionality—disproved that.

ProPublica.org put together this video montage debunking six more domestic spying lies: Is the NSA spying on Americans? (The NSA said no.) Does it only collect data from bad guys? (The NSA said mostly). Does the NSA keep data on citizens? (The NSA said no.) Is NSA data collection any different from a local grand jury? (The Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman said no.) Is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court transparent? (Obama said yes.) And what other lies did the NSA present to Congress in “fact sheets” prepared for oversight committees? (It won’t say.)

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Aug 9, 2013, 07:26 AM

1. Although I really like a lot of the content on AlterNet

They really have the worst editors in the world. There are usually typos throughout their articles and in this one, they've got a word misspelled in the graphic (warrant, not warrent).

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Fri Aug 9, 2013, 09:32 AM

2. Well, some can assume that this guy didn't know, that his aides didn't tell him.

 



Otherwise it doesn't make sense.

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Fri Aug 9, 2013, 10:26 AM

3. It's like playing whack a mole.

As soon as one lie gets hammered another one pops up.
I am so disappointed with this administration.
Not as out of control as the last, but heading there fast.....

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