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"Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled as they have been during the Bush administration. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. I will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. "
Originally posted by impaired
Flavian, Wrabbit, Rocker, Everyone Else: Thanks. I see...
But - Then what's the point of the program if it's not practical? It makes NO SENSE.
A program to find terrorists that doesn't work well. Seems legit.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by ChaoticOrder
Well, I'd go a step further to say "real" intelligent terrorists or criminal masterminds use things like Steganography. Which is one step shy of impossible to even find in the first place....and then two steps from impossible to break, if it IS found, if it's done properly.
Which does bring everything right back to the OP's question. Why these programs, indeed? They aren't likely to actually nail the people most needed or even those working for them. Not if they possess half a brain for technology anyway. They're outstanding at intimidating Ma and Pa Kettle for saying the Government sucks and something needs done tho.
Originally posted by Flavian
Originally, it was agreed that this type of intelligence gathering could not be used for general everyday stuff. So Ma and Pa Kettle could say whatever they liked (pretty much). When Ma & Pa start talking about planting bombs or gunning down loads of people though, the Agencies were allowed to step in.
In theory, this is still the case but you do have to wonder when you see how extensively this has been rolled out.