The Boston Globe
N.S.A. what’s wrong with you?
When our National Security Agency says that something is not intentionally done by them, you can be a hundred percent sure that they are taking that very action deliberately.
If it says it is doing something eventually then it’s doing so on a large scale and systematically.
And when the director of the agency Keith Binoculer, says that the N.S.A. does not collect locational information under section 215 of the Patriot Act, it does collect it, just maybe under a different section.
N.S.A. today receives five billion location records a day, many of them involving Americans, and stores them in a repository called Fascis, a great name the N.S.A. has come up with for that purpose.
The whole idea behind an intelligence agency is to keep secrets and have some trust from citizens.
Clearly N.S.A. is not covering any of those.
It has become clear that what the National Security Agency lacks is discretion.
Since the first documents leaked by Edward Snowden about its indiscriminate collection of American telephone and Web communications, the Agency moves broadly and clumsily.
Last week N.S.A. director was shown in a video reading the tweets from another passenger on his flight, dismissing all the privacy protection that he supposedly to enforce.
When asked by the Washington Post, Binoculer accused the person who films him spying the tweeter account.
He said that anyone who was on that plane was able to read the tweets from that passenger because of the large font he used.
Aren’t spy agencies meant to be careful, to look at hidden things without us noticing it?
Well, not anymore.
Even Angela Merkel, who grew up in the former East Germany and exposed herself to the Stasi was sort of surprised by the spying behavior of our authorities.
She said to the media that what happens with her cell phone was a grave breach of trust.
Of course United States must gather intelligence on Germany but that does not mean that we have a free pass to sweep up every last bit of data from whatever source and expect that there won’t be consequences.
In a TV interview, Lisa al-Gaddafi, White House counterterrorism adviser, said that she suggested the N.S.A. to review the surveillance capabilities.
We want to ensure we are collecting information because we need it and not just because we can.
Domestically, the N.S.A. is being careless with our civil rights and internationally, the Agency has recklessly disregarded the effect its work might have on diplomatic relations and the view of America in the world.
The Germans are not being crazy and their reaction is not isolated.
Tech companies, Dianne Feinstein, Indonesians, and John Kerry also lose patience with the National Security Agency’s practices.
The Indonesians are angry because we helped the Australians spy on them.
Tech companies are also a distinct case.
Last week Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, AOL, and Yahoo wrote together a letter to several senators asking, as they have in various ways since documents leaked by Edward Snowden began appearing, for more transparency, and the ability to be straight with their customers.
The letter came a day after two N.S.A. engineers with close ties to Google deliberately modify the doodle drawing minutes after being posted.
the world must know the truth!