Sources: The Washington Post, NSA via Intellipedia/The Washington Post
quote: Are you trying to claim that a state spying on another state is the same as a state spying on its own subj...er, citizens?
quote: You had a fairly long post, but none of it explained why you think the NSA's actions are defensible.
quote: Or more accurately, why you think "the amount of embellishment and extremist writing in this article is absolutely disgusting" or why you think Jason's "sources don't support half the accusations" he makes.
quote: In total the documents indicate the NSA collects hundreds of millions of email contacts list, inbox scrapes, and IM lists. This makes it highly probably that the NSA uses its "not an American" assumption to seize the personal information of a large percentage of Americans, particularly when you consider that some of the most popular services in regions like China and Europe aren't even mentioned in the report.
quote: If the NSA can make the case that by mining a nation's networks it is monitoring "a valid foreign intelligence target in and of itself", it considers that enough to start interception.
quote: I love watching people try to use geographical barriers in a discussion concerning the internet, which by its very nature does not adhere to them.
quote: All I see is that US data was being collected inadvertently during the procurement of foreign data.
quote: Is it bad? Sure. Is it surprising? Not at all.
quote: If things were really as bad as people think, Congress and the Supreme Court would be on a witch hunt right now to find out who is abusing constitution and bring them to justice.
quote: The supreme court has made ZERO ruling that what is taking place is in fact illegal in regards to the NSA's programs.
quote: find it disrespectful as hell for you to stand here and condemn anyone and everyone who has or does serve this country
quote: I find it disrespectful as hell for you to stand here and condemn anyone and everyone who has or does serve this country
quote: For you to stand here and rant and rave about the legality of if is asinine.
quote: I can thank god for small favors that I don't have you making decisions that affect this country.