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  1. re: ” This entire discussion is being followed and studied by terrorists in Yemen, Pakistan, and East Africa — allowing them to go to school on our activities and better avoid detection.”

    which is the reason the NSA gave for why the leak was so damaging.

    but the other thing is that voice and text encryption is fairly widey available and one would think that your average terrorist would shield themselves with it and that the folks the NSA are targeting that don’t use encryption – probably are not terrorists or at least not very smart terrorists.

  2. If the NSA cared about terrorism instead of just trying to compile data on citizens, they’d save a lot of money by just watching what the CIA and the president do/say and to whom the do/say it.

    1. I agree. It looks to me as if most attacks against US interests abroad as well as domestically have been carried out by people who have had connections to the CIA.

      Terrorism is not a game played by most of the ordinary people that the NSA spies on. It is a game directed by the type of people who love power and see nothing wrong with limiting liberty or with collateral damage as long as political goals are being met.

      1. re: ” Terrorism is not a game played by most of the ordinary people that the NSA spies on. It is a game directed by the type of people who love power and see nothing wrong with limiting liberty or with collateral damage as long as political goals are being met.”

        off the deep end there guy. Not much “power” hiding out in caves to avoid drones.

        the polls show that the American people are so petrified of terrorists that a majority of them SUPPORT the NSA!

        1. Nickolaus

          The majority of American people have no grasp on probability (or reality, for that matter).

      2. Actually they haven’t. The groups – aka states – attacking us have zip to do with the CIA – aka CYA. Terrorism is state-sanctioned war by proxy.

  3. How can *ANY* Conservative accept the NSA’s unconstitutional Big Brother domestic surveillance as reasonable under any circumstances? Next to this, Obamacare is a triviality.

    Look, we are either concerned about dangerously intrusive Big Government, or we aren’t. To give the Alphabet Spooks a pass on this one under some farcical ‘national security’ excuse is just selling out everything we stand for.

    1. National Security is no farce. Big Government is government that meddles in the market and domestic policy for the sake of meddling – indeed, the NSA issue is not leaking but Obama’s allowing leftwing whack jobs access to go after political enemies.

  4. THEY SAY “NATIONAL SECURITY” AND 50+% DRINK THE KOOLAID

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