Common sense tell me most government programs are started with purely honest and true purposes. I worked for NSA for a few years on a much lower level than the level of the ‘snooping’ we are reading about. I know programs that are used to scan the e-mails and conversations. My expertise was military intelligence gathering, not domestic and terrorism research and verification. But the same principals were incorporated. No one is going to look into my past or present. Any information I was privy to (S-TS-SIOP) would only confuse the modern researchers. LOL.
BUT, and it is no small BUTT, don’t tell me someone is NOT listening to some private conversations, that is illogical and an untruth. With the thousands of operators required to monitor all these searches, along with the search words and combinations, one could add sex, love and listen in on a man calling his wife to tell her how great their sex was last night and how much he loves her, etc. that is about null for the juicy stuff, but it doesn’t take much imagination to see extreme abuse of such powers.
An executive of JC Penny wanting to know WALMARTS next moves, with the right amount of money, to the right operator, could have all Wallyworld’s phone calls and e-mails sent to their offices.
If Mr. Obama had heard this in 2008 he would have been on the highest soap box, calling for heads to roll and with just cause. Mr. Obama ran on the promise of having the most open administration ever, I ask him, what happened? PLEASE not “I read it in Friday’s paper just like you!”
YES I AM MAD, HURT AND DISGUSTED. WHAT HAPPENED TO TRUTH, “Yes, we did it. I am sorry, it was stupid, but we really meant well. This will be halted ASAP.”
NO WE CITIZENS GET A TAP DANCE, “UH, AH IT WASN’T THAT BAD, NO ONE LISTENED TO EH, YOU, ETC”.
So what if it happened under Bush? It does no good to call the kettle black, if you want it clean, then you clean it up! A couple days ago I was disappointed in fellow Marines, today, I am so disappointed in my government officials. If this doesn’t make you mad, you don’t realize the depth of this insertion into OUR private lives.
REMEMBER ORWELL’S 1984, Big Brother has been born, albeit, at a late date.
Okay I’m outta here, but I am still mad.
I always considered my phone calls private, after ‘Ms Number please?’ was replaced with a dial.
Way back then operators had to click into active lines to make sure someone was still there. And some operators stayed for a little while (accidentally on purpose), listening, in slow times. (I listened in on private conversations myself, when operating the switchboard at Our Radar station in Kirksville, MO.).
Sherry and Shirl have picked the Vette they want.