posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 11:38 AM
a reply to: Hefficide
I'm not saying you're wrong...as I said, I'm a layperson. Most information I have regarding the subject is from this and one other site that is known
for fairly reputable, if biased, reporting.
But the US government were pretty active in downplaying everything, no? I mean they had their buddies in the news networks telling everyone that it
was "just metadata" (at least until this little
incident) and they had talking
heads saying "think of the troops!" just like when Assange did his thing. Next they were calling him a defector to the Russians or the Chinese,
nothing further seems to have come of that, at least no sign of Snowden waving to spy satellites from the roof of a new highrise Moscow penthouse.
I've seen nothing but angry, deflective behavior all around.
While the apathy of the public is very real and the baffling popularity of Facebook and Twitter continue to make the point rather blurred, it does
seem that a lot of government people were pretty upset by the fact that someone blew the whistle on their super neato terrorism prevention system.
I don't know. The US govenment has had fantastic success over the last 70 years with just denying the existence of stuff they don't want to talk
about. Compartmentalization makes this tactic a virtually impenetrable wall.
And a rumor about a super computer system that's reading every email and recording every phone call is nothing but a rumor, spread by whackos.
Revealing that it actually exists and is actively spying on US citizens, without legal justification, is potentially actionable. IF someone with the
means actually grows a pair and didn't sign the goddamned thing into existence in the first place.
edit on 22-10-2014 by Unresponsible because:
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