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reply to post by smurfy
This is what is scary to me. Most people communicate via electronic communication. If they (TPTB) want to get someone out of the way, all they have to do is "generate" some electronic terrorist activity, and that is it. You get to go to prison for the rest of your natural life and it will not ever matter what you say, all they have to do is say "see here? this person sent these emails, it was authenticated as coming from the person in question!"
reply to post by Zanti Misfit
Well to be a tad nit-picky, and I'm certainly no expert, but the nsa has been around for a long while ...def before 911. Early 60's? Wiki would know, heh.
In fact we had this same kerfuffle in the 80's with a program called echelon... now it's grown to prism... and that's just the stuff that's public.
In the 80's it was known that echelon recorded and scanned every electronic communication (phone-computer). People were pissed but it soon faded from the public awareness. Some disturbing stories surfaced but ... nothing came of it.
There are some bad people out there and with wmd, yeah, it's smart to watch them... I'd do it myself. This is different. This is bad, and even with the likelihood that it's only a few bad apples abusing their power it points toward a bad logical outcome where we all are suspects.
How do you pull the claws off a tiger when you don't even have pliers?edit on 12/18/2013 by Baddogma because: s to d