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Originally posted by Aliensun
For those defenders of the practice that claim that such spying was necessary after the First World Trade bombing, I differ. Why not simply tell us that they would scrutinize our every key stroke? That would cause the really bad people to seek other, more laborious means to communicate with each other, wouldn't it? And we the general public would be left in peace to chat and express ourselves as we pleased. But, I would guess, they really wanted to know more about what the collective public mind was saying to itself and collecting that data was just as relative to their real goals as nailing genuine terrorist.
edit on 15-6-2013 by Aliensun because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by darkbake
reply to post by Aliensun
The N.S.A. spying was at least going on as far back as 1994. I'm glad that it is out in the open now so that it can be discussed and regulated. You have no idea how annoying it was to have had to deal with them back then and not be able to discuss it until now.edit on 15-6-2013 by darkbake because: (no reason given)
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originally posted by: bg_socalif
Actually long before that, actually before it's creation in 1952. Western Union used to bring in that days telegrams in during the night for copying. It just morphed from there getting bigger and bigger as technology grew.
originally posted by: knightsofhonor
the question is, how can this damage us if they are spying on us?
what would they do to us if we doing no wrong?[/quote
You're always doing wrong. If an agency has a metric to find threats/lawbreakers, they will find them even if they have to invent them. The more they arrest and monitor, the better their agency looks.