Thursday, April 16, 2009

Will All That's Seen Be Known To All?

Seems like we're heading that way.

The New York Times reports this morning that our National Security Agency is functionally unable to stop spying on phone calls within America between Americans. Without listening, they cannot separate local calls from calls that are going overseas.

This is the same situation as the torturer who cannot confirm innocence without damage.

Last summer the NSA was allowed by Congress to spy on all phone calls from people in America to other countries. For calls within America, they needed to get a warrant from the FISA court.

They didn't get the warrants as they promised. The way they are physically set up prevents this. They have to spy on all calls to know which are foreign. They didn't know this?

How could the NSA not have known when they made their promise that they couldn't keep it?

They must have known. Either our National Security Agency knowingly lied to Congress, or the top of this organization does not know what the bottom is doing and is making promises that the rank and file can't keep. Congress must decide which is true.

Once again, secret government allows lawbreaking. Principles of Government 101.

The more Congress learns about the NSA, the more they discover they need to learn. Someday soon it will be an open book.

As the info age unrolls our new visible universe, intelligence operations should anticipate transparency.

Are they not intelligent?

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