Tag Archive for 'NSA/Prism'

The Ruling Class Consensus On Domestic Spying

Angelo Codevilla:

Since our Intelligence agencies have an unbroken history of crowing about even tiny successes, using finely parsed assertions with zero evidence to impute multiple triumphs to programs publicized by a leak is prima facie evidence of insincerity. When (rarely) independent persons look behind such claims, they almost invariably find the Wizard of Oz.  More important, anyone who has followed telecommunication technology and intelligence during the past three decades can only scoff at the claim that universal collection of telephone externals and access to internet traffic can thwart serious criminals or terrorists.

via The Ruling Class Consensus On Domestic Spying | Online Library of Law and Liberty.

Re: the Snowden affair, I think one of the most disappointing aspects is how little regard the government has for the information it has collected. Why, if it really is necessary to sift through all of this information was somone like Snowden able to access it? Of course I think it a blatant violation of fourth amendment rights on the part of the government, but if they are going to do it, at least be serious about it.

I’ll paraphrase the Instapundit: We don’t have serious people running the government.

Popehat on Snowden

Well, really it’s Ken.

If you don’t have Popehat on your feed, you need to put it there.

Ken will be a good source to follow the whole NSA/Snowden deal with. He’s a very good writer and is experienced in this area.

I have to confess, the Popehat blog has become so popular in the last few months that I don’t comment over there as often as I used to.

Avoid the Need for Spying Using One Not-So-Weird Trick

Coulter is often very good.

We have created two huge problems where none existed before — domestic terrorism and government spying — all to help the Democrats win elections by changing the electorate.

Read the whole thing.

HT: Sailer

How to Keep Your Conversations Private

The Victory Girls.

‘Nuff said.

Not an endorsement. Just a starting point.

On whistleblowers and government threats of investigation

I am somewhat surprised that I’m quoting Glenn Greenwald, but here you go:

The way things are supposed to work is that we’re supposed to know virtually everything about what they do: that’s why they’re called public servants. They’re supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that’s why we’re called private individuals.

The article is here: Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian.