Friday, August 23, 2013


This seems to be a classic case of the US government trying to cover up bad news, in this case about NSA spying. First we were told that the NSA doesn't eavesdrop on Americans at all, then that it was unintentional and now it's "we do but only a few." Bloomberg News did good by not trying to obfuscate the situation:
The compilation of willful violations, while limited, contradicts repeated assertions that no deliberate abuses occurred.

Army General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, said during a conference in New York on Aug. 8 that “no one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacy.”

President Barack Obama told CNN in an interview broadcast today he is confident no one at the NSA is “trying to abuse this program or listen in on people’s e-mail.”
In the WSJ, we have a tasty morsel:
National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.
UPDATE: This sequence of lies is similar to the one the military used about Fallujah.

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