Is the NSA actually Blackmail Inc. for the military industrial complex?
The most disturbing things for me currently are:
1. Lack of outrage about the content of the surveillance disclosures. I don't know of any citizen-organized protests, actions, etc. of any size domestically.
More generally, the response to allegations of a coverup on Benghazi, disclosures of targeting conservative groups by the IRS, and various other scandals has been muted.
2. Congress seems absolutely powerless to get any real answers or create consequences for high-level wrongdoing. Senators with real influence are more concerned with getting Snowden than getting answers (McCain, Graham, et al).
Just the information I pasted below should have people in the streets protesting, but there seems to be a lack of concern for some reason. The DNI says he gave the "least truthful answer possible" to congress - WTF?
Senators accuse government of using 'secret law' to collect Americans' data | World news | guardian.co.uk
"A bipartisan group of 26 US senators has written to intelligence chiefs to complain that the administration is relying on a "secret body of law" to collect massive amounts of data on US citizens.The senators accuse officials of making misleading statements and demand that the director of national intelligence James Clapper answer a series of specific questions on the scale of domestic surveillance as well as the legal justification for it.
In their strongly-worded letter to Clapper, the senators said they believed the government may be misinterpreting existing legislation to justify the sweeping collection of telephone and internet data revealed by the Guardian.
"We are concerned that by depending on secret interpretations of the Patriot Act that differed from an intuitive reading of the statute, this program essentially relied for years on a secret body of law," they say.
"This and misleading statements by intelligence officials have prevented our constituents from evaluating the decisions that their government was making, and will unfortunately undermine trust in government more broadly."
This is the strongest attack yet from Congress since the disclosures began, and comes after Clapper admitted he had given "the least untruthful answer possible" when pushed on these issues by Senators at a hearing before the latest revelations by the Guardian and the Washington Post."
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