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Report: NSA contract worker is surveillance source

John1171 Wrote: Jun 10, 2013 11:38 AM
This program is far less offensive and invasive than the TSA searches at airports, or the entrance procedures at government building where a man must remove the contents of his pockets and the belt from his pants and place them in a basket to be inspected by a police or security officer. In searching for the proverbial "needle in a haystack," profiling is an obvious necessity, regardless of how offensive the idea of that kind of discrimination is to politicians. Since, as classified programs, the details of these things are never known to the public, only those who are actually guilty of wrongdoing are going to be the targets of the government prosecutors, anyway. If you are a wrongdoer, you ought to fear the government! They do not bear the sword in vain!
Reaganite12 Wrote: Jun 10, 2013 12:08 PM
Profiling is an "obvious necessity"? "Only those who are actually guilty of wrongdoing are going to be the targets of the government prosecutors, anyway"? Reading or re-reading classics such as these can be helpful to each of us:

Brave New World
Fahrenheit 451
Lord of the Flies
Scott4616 Wrote: Jun 10, 2013 3:17 PM
I don't know how you get around profiling, if / when a specific segment of the population is overwhelmingly responsible for a particular criminal behavior, it defies reason to waste resources examining people who statistically have next to zero involvement in the criminal behavior.

If a middle eastern man in a turban holding a lit stick of Dynamite is standing in line behind a little old lady from Kansas in a wheel chair, you don’t flip a coin to determine which one you search in the effort to avoid offending anyone.

That’s insanity.

(yes, the example was exaggerated to absurdity in order to more clearly make the point)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old intelligence contractor who claims to have worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA allowed himself to be revealed Sunday as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, risking prosecution by the U.S. government.

The leaks have reopened the post-Sept. 11 debate about privacy concerns versus heightened measure to protect against terrorist attacks, and led the NSA to ask the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation into the leaks.

The Guardian, the first paper to disclose the documents, said it was publishing the identity of Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for...