Perhaps a little demonization and anger is what is necessary. We have a secret court that is reminiscent of the star chamber, where misdeeds and illegalities are hidden from public view, one that uses the threat of incarceration to maintain its secrecy. Our politicians are sworn to uphold the constitution and the law of the land, yet they do neither. Their refusal to do their jobs and hold people accountable for criminal actions they witness is appalling. And in a political system that has no consequences for misdeeds, and most often the exact opposite, they will continue to run roughshod over the constitution and the laws of this nation.
So what should I have said, these people don't see the distinction between right and wrong, they are vicious, vindictive, vengeful to anyone who upsets the apple cart, and conforming to accepted standards of morality is something they are incapable of.
oh wait that translates as ... evil, nevermind.
1. profoundly immoral and malevolent.
1.not conforming to accepted standards of morality.
1. principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
1.having or showing a wish to do evil to others
synonyms - baleful, vicious, vindictive, vengeful
They probably are running huge drive arrays that do not have NTFS on them. Hence the lack of logging. Or maybe snowden had access to the backup system. Which would give him full access to pretty much anything.
Or this being the government, they probably forgot to enable Auditing.
Truth be told if he had access to the password files ... he could have pretended to be anyone after about a week of number crunching, faster if CUDA'd it.
If they are pulling all email data or meta data the numbers just do not add up. There are over 144 billion emails sent worldwide everyday, 89% are spam. If you remove the spam that is still around 15 billion emails. Break out US from that number and you are around (off on the way low side) 1 billion a day.
The numbers quoted say between meta data, collected emails, etc seem to not jive.