doctorow at July 6th, 2014 11:24 — #1
angusm at July 6th, 2014 11:52 — #2
And by "targeted", we mean that everyone whose data we capture is located on the same planet as a legitimate subject of surveillance.
strangefriendbb at July 6th, 2014 12:30 — #3
Isn't that Frank Zappa in the picture? But he's dead.
vonbobo at July 6th, 2014 13:41 — #4
Why does the NSA even play these games? Why don't they just look congress right in the face and say "Fuck you!"
cowicide at July 6th, 2014 15:01 — #7
You had me until the Zionist parts.
Edit: Looks like that Jewish conspiracy post I replied to is gone.
therizz at July 6th, 2014 15:04 — #8
Proof that the NSA works! The Zappa threat has been neutralized!
space_monkey at July 6th, 2014 17:33 — #9
The problem is, simply repeating the same lie loud enough, with enough of the organs of media on your message, is enough to convince enough of the people most of the time.
bobo at July 7th, 2014 02:08 — #10
Man, not to be too cynical, but can you imagine ANY other job where you could pass with a roughly 10% success rate. You wouldn't eat at a place that f-ed up your order9 out of 10 times.
Imagine the outrage if garbage men only came once in every 10 week period (when they were scheduled to come weekly).
I'm not even going to make comparisons for surgeons etc...
But hey, "national security" and it's ok eh?
kimmo at July 7th, 2014 03:55 — #11
Why don't we start calling corruption treason?
concretecastlek at July 7th, 2014 11:03 — #12
Is it and or are? First sentence of the article.
snsr at July 7th, 2014 11:51 — #13
Thanks for continuing to cover this.
NSA data shows that nine out of every ten people surveilled and innocent Americans whom the agency is legally prohibited from spying upon.
Possibly a minor typo in the header - and should be are?
l_mariachi at July 8th, 2014 11:38 — #15
That’s not how they measure their success rate though. False positives don’t count against them. It’s as if you ate at a place that brought you nine wrong orders in addition to the correct one; the only problem as far as you were concerned would be if they charged you for all of them, or took nine times as long to deliver what you wanted.
Which the NSA should consider a problem, because all the energy they use on the wrong targets is energy they should be using on the right ones. But it’s not like they’re hurting for funding, so wastefulness isn’t a big issue.
bolamig at July 8th, 2014 15:35 — #16
The Washington Post article is definitely worth reading. Especially the part about the Taliban-wannabe who uses Islamic law to justify privacy invasions, caught in the NSA's trove.
doctorow at July 11th, 2014 11:25 — #17
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