FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 19, 2013) and a piece titled “U.S. Officials says NSA taking steps to stop leaks” (page A2): an AP article acknowledges that “The information revealed [by Edward Snowden] that the agency was gathering millions of US phone records and intercepting some US Internet traffic.” Which, if you care about government transparency—an absurd expectation to many—then it looks like we will be needing more Snowdens.
“Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said systems administrators like Snowden must now work with a colleague when accessing sensitive, compartmented intelligence—the kind Snowden leaked to the media. The information revealed that the agency was gathering millions of U.S. phone records and intercepting some U.S. Internet traffic.”
I know of no one, Democrat or Republican or Libertarian or Green—NO ONE!—who wants their phone calls and emails “intercepted” by a government intelligence-gathering agency.
The article notes that the National Security Agency is implementing new security measures to try to prevent more disclosures of questionable activities like those that Snowden revealed to the world.
Uh uh! That’s the OPPOSITE of what should occur in a democracy: the NSA should be announcing new policies to prevent those questionable activities so that future Snowdens are unnecessary!
Because it looks like we will be needing more Snowdens.
Of course, I ain’t gonna hold my breath waiting for that kinda turnaround . . .
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