Pathological: Surveillance State Defenders Use Their Own Failure In Paris To Justify Mass Surveillance
from the shut-up-jackasses dept
We already wrote a bit about the absolutely ridiculous attempts to connect the Paris attacks of last week with Ed Snowden and encryption. But, of course, the surveillance state sees successful terrorist attacks — which often demonstrate their own failings — as a way to double down on getting more power. Take, for example, our old friend and former NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker.
As pointed out by Marcy Wheeler, Baker used the Paris attacks to argue that it was evidence that the NSA should not shut down its Section 215 bulk collection of phone records.
NSA's 215 program was designed to detect a Mumbai/Paris-style attack. https://t.co/UelhvrlNPp Maybe this is the wrong month to drop it.
— stewartbaker (@stewartbaker) November 14, 2015
What the actual fuck, Stewart?
Look, it’s one thing to use horrible tragedies to promote your own political desires. It’s another thing entirely to use the out and out failure of these intelligence programs to argue that they’re proof of why those programs work and/or should be expanded.