I have followed this NSA thing this last week and a number of things keep circulating in my head.
One, is anyone really surprised? Was anyone surprised that this capability existed?
Two, the guy did us a favor by showing real proof.
Three, the guy broke an oath, or at the very least a binding sworn contract that he would not blab. That is really totally uncool. I am not fond of whistleblowers.
Four, he wasn’t in an enviable situation. What he was seeing was wrong and there should be a lot of folks embarrassed that they played a part in this mess. This guy is in the grey area of no right solution, no fair solution, but cold hard facts. Life sucks.
Five, Obama owns this. Bush owns this, too, but Obama has no higher moral ground.
Six, I heard some wanker from higher up actually say “We can’t read all those emails.” … as if that makes it ok. It doesn’t matter! If you cannot read them, why do you need them? This leads to the logic of “if you aren’t doing anything wrong you won’t mind us searching your stuff.”
Seven, Obama said:
America is “going to have to make some choices” balancing privacy and security
… I ask… WHY? At the expense of my online privacy, my telephone calls, tracking my movements via cellphones, and at some point my vehicles as well?
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Eight, short of a figurative nuclear smoking gun, Obama is political Teflon(tm).
Spaced Diode is nearly home, sailing back from Bermuda. I have sent him the following plaintext message:
spaced diode do not come home stop zombies have us surrounded stop we have been holed up and all are safe until the beans and water run out stop it was not the manatees stop it was the squirrels stop the squirrels were ground zero stop pray for us all stop
I hope he gets the message in time.
This seems to be where he is at the moment.