Here’s a secret the people in D.C. don’t want you to know about. The systems the NSA uses to spy on you are so complex, the guys in charge don’t know how to control them.
If that doesn’t make you worried about the direction the government is heading in, then we don’t know what will.
But isn’t that the norm for big, unwieldy government programs?
The nation’s spy agency found itself in quite a pickle recently. The Electronic Freedom Foundation, an international non-profit digital rights group, is suing them over their warrantless spy programs. And they’re trying to prevent them from destroying the evidence they collect. The problem is the system automatically destroys evidence after a certain amount of time passes.
You see, if you were to sue the NSA for violating your civil rights, you’d need the information/data they collected in court. So if they destroy it, they’d be destroying legal evidence.
So if you find out the government violated your rights, but enough time has passed, then you can’t recover the evidence to prove your case. It’s a legal dilemma only the government could create for themselves.
So why can’t they just preserve the information? That’s the real scary part. Apparently, the guys manning the controls of these surveillance programs can’t control them. When asked to comply by the court, they said in response:
“[A]ttempts to fully comply with the Court’s June 5 Order would be a massive and uncertain endeavor because the NSA may have to shut down all databases and systems that contain Section 702 information in an effort to comply.”
In other words, they’d have to shut down all the databases to comply with the court’s order. And they really, really, REALLY, don’t want to do that. Their response should have been, “Tough luck. Ain’t gonna happen.” At least they would have been honest.
This attitude by the government seems rather familiar…
Remember back in 2008, when the housing crisis was bringing the American economy to its knees? The financial institutions that caused the mess were suddenly asking D.C. for a bailout. A bailout you would ultimately pay for. And the guys in D.C. were more than happy to write that check.
Why? Because the financial institutions were “Too Big to Fail”.
Well, the year is now 2014 and there’s another phrase they should be using. “Too Big to Control”.
And it goes beyond the NSA’s spy programs that watch what you do online, and record every phone call you make. It’s a good description for most government programs that have grown too big.
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Which is another way of saying it’s a good description of most government programs, period.
[from the Laissez Faire Letter, published by LFB.org]
As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by
NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis