NSA Defender Claims Thousands Of Abuses By NSA Shows 'The System Is Working Well'
from the they-can't-be-serious dept
NSA 'privacy violations' reflects system working well. My 1st job was writing such violation reports, ensure US info was purged from system— Jason Healey (@Jason_Healey) August 16, 2013
- Just because this report notes thousands of abuses, it doesn't mean that many other, potentially worse, abuses didn't happen and just didn't make it into the report. In fact, given how widely the systems appear to be abused, this seems almost certain. The NSA argues that random errors, typos and accidents lead to the mistakes in the first place, yet now we're supposed to believe that there were no such errors in collecting the list of violations and abuses? Really?
- As we've been discussing, the way these abuses are classified actually makes it painfully obvious to any NSA analyst worth his or her pocket protector just how to abuse the system and get away with it. If these abuses were rare, and not an everyday occurrence, it would be harder to get away with. But with multiple abuses every single day, it's not difficult to disguise a purposefully abusive search into one that looks "accidental."
- The fact that there are so many abuses, and that the number has grown over time shows that the system is clearly not working. If it was, they'd be reducing the violations consistently.
- Just because an abuse is written up, it doesn't excuse the abuse happening in the first place.