Friday, June 22, 2012
National Security Agency: More Nonsense on Stilts
Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall asked the NSA how many Americans they had spied on using the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). This act allows government to monitor correspondence and other communications they think is to be sent overseas.
According to the NSA to inform Americans about such spying that they may have been subjected to would damage their privacy. It would be an invasion of privacy to tell someone that you invaded their privacy! There is no end to the nonsense that a government will go to to justify acts they probably should not be engaged in.
Senator Wyden responded that:“All that Senator Udall and I are asking for is a ballpark estimate of how many Americans have been monitored under this law, and it is disappointing that the Inspectors General cannot provide it,” The ACLU objects to the legislation.
The Obama administration says that the ACLU cannot file a case until they can prove they have been spied on. Given that the NSA will not even give an estimate of the number spied on for privacy reasons it seems that they would not provide evidence that a particular person or persons would be spied upon. The nonsense of NSA makes sense since it prevents a legal case against it going ahead. It will be interesting what the court says about the ACLU case. For more see this article.