From the New Yorker: How Lavabit Melted Down.
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Q: Washington-based foreign affairs analyst Steve Clemons said he overheard at the capital’s Dulles airport four men discussing an intelligence conference they had just attended. Speaking about the leaks, one of them said, according to Clemons, that both the reporter and leaker should be “disappeared”. How do you feel about that?
A: “Someone responding to the story said ‘real spies do not speak like that’. Well, I am a spy and that is how they talk. Whenever we had a debate in the office on how to handle crimes, they do not defend due process – they defend decisive action. They say it is better to kick someone out of a plane than let these people have a day in court. It is an authoritarian mindset in general.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past week you’ve no doubt heard of PRISM and the data gathering (spying) the United States Government has been doing on it’s citizens. I’ve never really been afraid of my government but I am today. The NSA needs to be shut down. Completely. I know that sounds radical, and it’s totally unrealistic but that’s the only way we can be sure that this type of Orwellian surveillance doesn’t occur, at least until the next big intelligence agency comes along and in typical government overreach picks up the baton under the guise of keeping us safe.
There appears to be no congressional oversight and the agency operates autonomously. If, as an American, that doesn’t scare you, there is something deeply wrong with you and you should be working for the NSA.
I’m incredibly disappointed in Barak Obama. I know this started under Bush but Obama apparently has chosen to not to curb what the NSA is doing and it appears as if he’s actually expanded the project.