reply to post by madmac5150
I agree that calling it a scandal does diminish the importance of this story a little, but that's only because people don't seem to know what the word
This is a scandal, and it is a criminal conspiracy. Something can be both.
scan·dal [ skánd'l ]
1. something causing public outrage: a situation or event that causes public outrage or censure
2. public outrage: an outburst of public outrage or censure as a consequence of an event
3. malicious talk: malicious talk, especially about other people's private lives
But, as the media in the US would seemingly love to minimize this into being "not a big deal", I think you're right, it should be labelled more
clearly to impress upon the public just how serious this is.
I'm really hoping that the Guardian releases a lot more, bigger and more shocking. The response of the public to this is not good enough. I hope
there's something that shocks them so severely they cannot ignore it and just pass it off as something just problematic.
I've said it already elsewhere, but I want to make my predictions again here. I think we're going to find out that the NSA has been targeting the
press, spying on them and hacking them to find out what they know. I also think the NSA has been spying on returning military, we all know that
there's been an underlying paranoia from the government about vets. To top it off I think there's possibly going to be evidence that the NSA has been
"exerting pressure" on politicians and judges.
I guess there would probably be evidence of them monitoring and using financial information from banks, governments and corporations too. One of the
slides shows that Germany was being closely watched, the only reason I can think of for Germany being monitored so much is for their involvement in
the economics of Europe, specifically Greece, when there was recorded evidence of billions of $'s being removed from the country right before the tax
on deposits was put in place.
And I wonder if that's why that image was specifically chosen as an example. Surely there must have been other examples they could have used for that
story, but they chose that screenshot of Germany being a target for spying for a reason. And it seemed to get the attention of Germany too who then
started demanding answers.
This is just my assumptions, all unproven, but plausible in my opinion. When you look at the treasure trove of information this system can offer, do
we really think those with access to it would have stopped at "just" collecting the information? I'm not buying that at all. These people have already
proven themselves to be wholly untrustworthy and pretty corrupt, I think it's sensible to assume the worst abuses.
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