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NSA WhistleBlowers Highlight Scope of Domestic Spying
The Largest Domestic Spy System Ever Built
by Karl Bode 12:35PM Monday Aug 27 2012 Tipped by cabana See Profile
Whistleblowers the last ten years have highlighted repeatedly how the phone companies are helping the government spy on its own citizens by dumping all Internet data directly into the laps of government (pdf), who is busily building a massive supercomputer warehouse in Utah to dig through it all. The general public's response to this has been slack-jawed apathy, and recently one of the last real chances to challenge our domestic spying programs went up in legal flames.

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Under current law, the government is not supposed to spy on citizens without a court order, but we've seen time and time again that the government and intelligence community have almost total disdain for the laws they're supposed to follow on this front (citizens of course are supposed to sheepishly obey every dumb copyright or other law corporations demand the government support).

NSA whistleblowers continue to leak new information on the government's post 9-11 unaccountable surveillance state, discussed in a new video documentary recently posted over at the NY Times. It specifically focuses on whistleblower William Binney, who worked as a mathematician and code breaker at the NSA. Binney is providing even more detail on what the NSA code-named "Stellar Wind" -- the creation of the largest and most sophisticated domestic surveillance apparatus ever built.

Of course if you're not doing anything wrong, you have absolutely no reason to fear a government surveillance system that whistleblowers claim has gone completely out of control, right?


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Re: Whistleblowers in a spy agency should be persecuted

said by FFH:

Whistleblowers in a spy agency should be persecuted. And yes I said persecuted and not prosecuted. When you sign on to work at a spy agency, you don't become a whistleblower - EVER.

Wow really? When you sign up to work for a spy agency you are obligated under law to uphold the US Constitution and defend it against all enemies ..foreign and DOMESTIC.


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said by FFH:

When you sign on to work at a spy agency, you don't become a whistleblower - EVER.

So you just check your morals at the door? When your government is not following the rules you just look the other way? Sorry, we all need to play by the rules. If the government isn't they need to be called on it. Winning by playing like the enemy makes you a loser and no better. Just because you're in power doesn't mean you can do whatever you want because you believe it is right.
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said by FFH:

Whistleblowers in a spy agency should be persecuted. And yes I said persecuted and not prosecuted. When you sign on to work at a spy agency, you don't become a whistleblower - EVER.

This is total and complete nonsense with this type of thinking universally condemned during the Nuremberg trials at the end of WWII.

I was just following orders... or more appropriately I was prevented from disclosing unethical or potentially illegal behavior in my organization because I signed a piece of paper...

Yours, and others, similar POV is the problem...not the cure and is definitely anti-American at it's core...
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The flip side of that is when you hire someone to do something shady, you shouldn't be surprised when they double cross you.