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Thread #151099   Message #3536479
Posted By: Don Firth
11-Jul-13 - 06:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: The NSA Scandal/Snowden
Subject: RE: BS: The NSA Scandal/Snowden
In a radio interview I heard a couple of days ago with a representative from the National Security Agency, he said, "We are looking for communications to and from known or suspected terrorists and, yes, we are keeping a record of who is communicating with whom. But no one is listening in on your telephone conversations or reading your e-mail—UNLESS you are communication with a known or suspected terrorist. The reason we are collecting this data is that if you are looking for a needle in a haystack, first of all, you have to have a haystack."

A quote, often mistakenly attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but it was actually said by Benjamin Franklin:

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."

This kind of information has already been collected and is continuing to be collected by advertising agencies who call you on the telephone just as you're sitting down to dinner and try to sell you insurance or get you to change your credit card to their company. And if you don't think you e-mail and your internet browsing history is being monitored, then why is it that if you look for a particular product or service on line, you are then deluged with pop-up ads for that same product or service?

I do not see how what the FSA is doing in any way infringes my freedom. It CAN, however, greatly increase my security from being the victim of a terrorist attack.

You don't have to be concerned over some government agent listening in when you phone the young woman across the street, the one who keeps forgetting to pull her blinds, and breathing heavy into the phone. But there's a fair chance when you go on-line, you'll start getting pop-up ads for meeting singles in your area.

Don Firth