So for us, umm, our business is apolitical. Ok. We do not generate the intelligence requirements. They are levied on us so, if there is a requirement for foreign intelligence concerning this issue or this region or whatever then that is. If you wanna use the word adversary, you ca– we might use the word ‘target.’ That is what we are going after. That is the intelligence target that we are going after because we were given that requirement. Whether that’s adversary in a global war on terrorism sense or adversary in terms of national security interests or whatever – that’s for policymakers, I guess to make that determination.
Student B: I’d love to read the opinion of the FISA court that says that this program one of the NSA’s programs was violating the 4th amendment right of massive amounts of Americans, but it’s a big ‘ol secret and only people like you who will not talk with their wives when they get home about what they do all day are able to…[garbled]…protecting us from the ‘terrorist threat’, but let’s let everyone here hear more information about karaoke.
You know what? Just work here, okay? Take some time to weigh the pros and cons. Pros: you'll be working for a slightly-above in-flight magazine intelligence agency, for $22,400 a year; cons: me, kicking you 'til there's blood in your stool, then grabbing your wife's boobies while you're tied up with a racquetball shoved in your mouth. Now, balance it out, and think about it..
You built this thing?
Not this part, the exterior. I don't know anything about the numbers or
anything else in here. I was contracted to draw plans for a hollow shell. A cube.
Who hired you?
I didn't ask. I never even left my office. I talked on the phone to some
other guys like me. Specialists working on small details. Nobody knew what it was.
Bullshit! You knew from square one. Look at him, he's up to his eyeballs
in this thing.
No Quentin. That's how they stay hidden. You keep everyone separated so
the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. The brain never comes out in
It's all the same machine right. Pentagon. Multinational coorporations.
The police! If you do one little job. You build a widget in Saskatoon. The next thing
you know, it's two miles under the desert, the essential component of a deathmachine.
I was right! All along my whole life I knew it. I told you Quentin. Nobody's ever
call me paranoid again. We gotta get out of here and blow the lid of this thing.
Holloway, you don't get it.
Then tell me, please, I need to know.
It's maybe hard for you to understand, but there's no conspiracy. Nobody
is in charge. It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a masterplan.
Can you grasp that? Big brother is not watching you.
What kind of fucking explanation is that?
It's the best you´re gonna get. I looked and the only explanation I can
come to is that there is nobody up there.
Somebody had to say yes to this thing.
What thing? Only we know what it is.
We have no idea, what it is.
We know more than anybody else. I mean somebody might have known
sometime, before they got fired or voted out or sold it. But if this place ever had a
purpose, then it got miscommunicated or lost in the shuffle. This is an accident, a
forgotten propetual, public, worksproject. Do you think anybody wants to ask
questions? All they want is a clear conscience and a fat paycheck. I mean, I lead on
my desk for months. This was a great job!
Why put people in it?
Because it's here. you have to use it or admit it's pointless.
But it is pointless!
Quentin... That's my point.
What have we come to? It's so much worse than I thought.
Not really, just more pathetic.
You make me sick, Worth!
I make me sick too. We´re both part of the system. I drew a box - you
walk a beat. It's like you said Quentin is: Keep your head down, keep it simple, just
look at what's in fron of you! I mean nobody wants to see the big picture. Life's too
complicated. I mean, let's face it. The reason we're here is it's out of control.
To put the constitutional and legal activities of the NSA on the same level as the Nazis is frankly, insulting to the memory of those who were actually killed by the Nazis.
The US Postal Service records the outside of every piece of snail mail processed in the country, allowing employees to retroactively track correspondence at the request of law enforcement and national security agents, according to a published report.
newdaddy: Just to connect the dots - the wartime Allied encryption and cryptanalytic community simply would not have been successful or been able to function without a veil of secrecy. That's the only way they can work. If Hitler could have been convinced that the Enigmas had been cracked, and that in effect the Allies were reading his correspondence to his generals, he would have ceased to use Enigma, and the whole effort of breaking the code would have been for naught.
pjern: The USA has perfected the techniques, and the ratio is now 1:1. We all inform on ourselves and each other at all times. We live in the perfect tyranny.
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