Quick Note: NSA Surveillance Programs to be Partially Declassified
July 30, 2013 5:15 PM
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They could be released as early as this week
National Security Agency surveillance programs will be declassified and available to the public as early as this week.
U.S. spy agencies are declassifying documents that shed light on surveillance programs in an attempt to place more transparency on such affairs.
Also, the documents will reveal information about the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has been working on the declassification of some information by the Surveillance Court.
"I think there is a high likelihood of FISC opinions being declassified soon," said Clapper.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden uncovered the spying methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this year, which included
collecting data from phones
. This was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after such revelations.
Now, the release of declassified information is an attempt to restore a bit of trust and understanding regarding the intelligence agencies' actions.
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Dirty secrets are hard to hide
7/31/2013 9:15:03 AM
All too often, "need to know" is used to hide information that would be more properly classified as "afraid to tell our own citizens". When you involve over one million US citizens in a program to hide information from everyone else, you had better make sure you are not hiding anything immoral, unethical, or contrary to the constitution. Otherwise, someone will become morally outraged and leak.
The argument that leakers have no right to decide what is right or wrong can also be applied to ethically-challenged leaders who have no right to decide what should be hidden from US citizens. The reason we have so many secrets and enemies is that we are meddling in the affairs of other countries (for BS reasons that serve to line the pockets of one percenters). Too few secrets help your external enemies. Too many secrets make your own government more of a threat.
RE: Dirty secrets are hard to hide
7/31/2013 6:17:13 PM
(for BS reasons that serve to line the pockets of one percenters)
Your comment was fine until this piece crap.
RE: Dirty secrets are hard to hide
8/1/2013 12:56:12 AM
Unless a country is fighting for its very existence, the goal of most wars is to increase the wealth and power of the upper class at the expense of the lower classes. Why do you think we have been fighting for a decade even though it was always clear (proven by the Russians), that there was no chance of victory or establishing a Western democratic society (proven by the British). The wars redistributed a trillion of taxpayer dollars, and greatly weakened the constitutional rights of citizens. Who are the real winners and losers? The rich and the poor, as always.
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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