I'm 46 years old and, like most people, have lived a complicated and varied adult life. I didn't manage my life from the age of 18 onward with the intention of being a Family Values US senator. My personal life, like pretty much everyone's, is complex and sometimes messy.
If journalists really believe that, in response to the reporting I'm doing, these distractions about my past and personal life are a productive way to spend their time, then so be it.
None of that – or anything else – will detain me even for an instant in continuing to report on what the NSA is doing in the dark.
Why go to all the trouble to collect this data when you could more easily fake it?
Greenwald is American, though, right? Was it okay for the NSA to direct the US and UK governments and media outlets to go after him?
Why go to all the trouble to fake it when you can only target one person at a time that way? If it's known, or even suspected, that you're watching everybody, people will police themselves. Everybody will think twice before they say or do anything. That's the beautiful thing about a surveillance state. People behave differently if they think they're being watched.
$11 billion budget for NSA doesn't seem like much to me, when compared to technology companies.
Of course, that's assuming that this kind of data mining is effective at all -- or more effective than standard policework -- which I seriously, SERIOUSLY doubt.
That's what I thought when I was reading the articles about 'revenge porn' the other day. But clearly there are still a few people who appear to have problems with naked photos of themselves online, and I assume that they would also have problems with their porn habits/etc being widely known.
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