doctorow at July 28th, 2013 12:46 — #1
retepslluerb at July 28th, 2013 15:12 — #2
I'm afraid he's kidding himself. I have no doubt he gave a presentation in front of people who are genuinely concerned. However they don't run Fort Meade. Their superiors do.
Also, it's nice that they are deeply concerned. It must be really heart-breaking to be forced to write and deploy these surveillance systems.
Wait, what? They are not forced labor?
fuzzyfungus at July 28th, 2013 16:15 — #3
There is a pretty damn sharp soft-pedal halfway through:
I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.
It was pretty cool to get to visit, and the people I met seemed really nice, sharp lot, asked good questions, definitely no sneering sadists or demented henchmen, or even a volcano lair, so they couldn't be Evil.
It's really very unfortunate; but it isn't exactly news that you can run some very nasty operations indeed with a workforce composed almost entirely of quite decent, personable, people. (And, since the NSA is, if not the most sophisticated, one of the world's most sophisticated computer surveillance operations, you don't even have a choice about running it with a staff heavy on very, very, sharp techies.) It would be handy if the NSA were a blameless pawn of 'Washington'; but the fact that it's a very pleasant day trip certainly tells you nothing to that effect.
noahdjango at July 28th, 2013 20:05 — #4
scorching blog post
all I'm seeing is an evenhanded, pedestrian award acceptance with a modest caveat. which is nice to see, but "scorching" it ain't.
questionsthree at July 29th, 2013 06:52 — #5
Land of the "free". Home of the naive.
cowicide at July 30th, 2013 04:27 — #6
Hey, don't take your "free"dom for granted!
doctorow at August 2nd, 2013 12:46 — #7
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