aNewDomain — It’s true.
The United States is a full-fledged authoritarian super-security state omplete and predictive of behavior than could be obtained by listening to phone conversations or reading e-mails, experts say. Phone and e-mail logs, for example, allow analysts to identify people’s friends and associates, detect where they were at a certain time, acquire clues to religious or political affiliations, and pick up sensitive information like regular calls to a psychiatrist’s office, late-night messages to an extramarital partner or exchanges with a fellow plotter.”
Oh, right, terrorism. Preventing terrorism — the scourge that kills an average of 16 Americans per year — worldwide — is the self-proclaimed mission of the post-9/11 intelligence experts at the NSA.
And man, do they suck at stopping terrorism.
When the Snowden leaks began, NSA PR flaks argued that turning the country into the set of “Big Brother” was a small price to pay to stop the 50 terrorist plots that were claimed to have been foiled. (Never mind the fact that the NSA’s own charter limits its activities to spying outside the U.S. Even unintentional spying on Americans by the NSA is illegal.) The spies’ defense was unverifiable and almost certainly a lie