posted on Nov, 24 2013 @ 01:12 PM
reply to post by Bassago
Actually you put it "wrongly."
The NSA reports to the Secretary of the Army and the directives, laws etc that they follow are part of the intelligence apparatus under the umbrella
of the Office of the Director for National Intelligence. Pas well as certain conventions, DOD guidelines and federal law. While we may not like the
idea of some things they may do (even when most do not really understand) that doesn't make the action illegal. What about about my right to privacy?
What about it? We assume those three words are all inclusive to how each citizen self defines, they are not. We assume it is one law. When actually at
any given time it is no less than three, often four or more (local/municipal, state, federal, international) and for the most part they compliment
each other not contradict each other. Each does not necessarily apply to every individual or organization in every situation. For ex. Is a police
officer breaking the law if he is exceeding the speed limit in a police vehicle, not running code, and just driving around? No they are not. In their
capacity that law does not apply to them in the same way it applies to you and me.
This agency is the primary agency (primary indicates the bulk, not all of the work) for signals intelligence and the vast majority of individuals
working day to day are service members from all branches of the military. The ability to do anything with "signals" (a term covering all missions
and claims of mission or job by the public) is not indicative of the mission or ability to do anything with that data. I genuinely find these threads
to be somewhat humorous. As that which most claim the NSA does, those different aspects that everyone is upset about is actually done by the FBI. Why?
Because they are the primary asset for counterintelligence I.e. Some think that is the CIA but the intelligence activities they perform are not now
nor have ever been counterintelligence. While I have kept this brief a simple google search can provide more detailed information of the same whether
it be army.mil, NSA.gov, Wikipedia and other wiki sites, days.org, any of the 19 agencies, homeland and so on.
As a side note of the first thing you think is that this all a big coordinated conspiracy of misinformation to control what we think about an agency,
think again. That would suggest these different organizations can and do talk, share and coordinate with each other. We all no better. If this was the
case you would never hear of one organization failing to cooperate with another, or aging the intel to themselves etc. military medical records would
be linked to the VA medical records and claims wouldn't be 2+ years back logged, criminals from speeding to murder would be in every database, dmv
system and so on. Also, contrary to popular media and public opinion, their clandestine programs, operations and missions are brought before
congressional committees and approved or disapproved. You can easily find where even the media has reported this. Nothing snowden has said is new,
unpublished, previously unavailable to the public in some form, without congressional or DOD or ODNI as appropriate.