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Entries in NSA (5)

Monday
Aug192013

Classic cartoon by Branco illustrates truth GOP and Dems refuse to accept

Speaks for itself, but truer than Republicans and Democrats want to admit. Branco is the editorial cartoonist at Legal Insurrection, and his work pops up on sites all around the Web.

Friday
Jun142013

9/11 footnote surfaces in 1999 account of NSA Echelon snoop controversy

This radome in Yorkshire (UK) encloses a microwave antenna. [Photo: Matt Crypto via Wikipedia]

"As long as the rules are conformed with, I think we're OK. The question is whether NSA's really obeying the rules."—John Pike/Oct. 21, 1999 [Fox News]

Government spying is nothing new. There’s the positive aspect of that practice—keeping Americans alive by staying a step ahead of enemy nations.

There’s the negative aspect as well. Listening systems are maintained and used by government employees and contractors. Obviously, when a program is top secret, oversight is a challenge. How do we know our privacy isn’t being trampled?

We have short memories, but considering the current discussion about NSA snooping, it’s useful to recall that we had a similar controversy in the 1990s.

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Wednesday
Jun122013

Google enters NSA fray in hopes of protecting brand; new slogan needed

The 5th headline and link on the Google News Home page pointed to President Barack Obama's TV ad on YouTube. *The US Report added the red arrow for the reader's convenience.* [Screen Snip of Google News page excerpt; 9-20-12]Most of us who took to the Web when it was still an infant once viewed Google as a good guy. Those were the good old days.

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Friday
Jun072013

NSA: Find all you need to know on Twitter and in secret 'Early History'

Photo: Snip/NSAThe latest outrage over domestic espionage is nothing new. A precursor to the National Security Agency sparked controversy in its past and the current agency will likely face it again in the future.

Some of the funniest and most enlightening tidbits of information can be found on Twitter where one individual asked how NSA might monitor the Amish.

The background on how the agency formed—the NSA moniker became official under a Democrat, President Harry Truman—is recounted in a fascinating work by NSA historian George Howe, The Early History of the NSA. The majority of text in that formerly secret work was declassified in 2007.

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Thursday
Jun062013

Government spies on Americans but refugee program remains intact despite bombings

Photo: USCISThe U.S. government has ramped up spying on Americans, evidenced by confirmation that cell phone carriers have handed data over to the National Security Agency.

However, despite two domestic bombings by refugees, no one has questioned the policy that cedes a great deal of authority to the United Nations over the U.S. refugee program.

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