Less Than 20% Of Americans Believe That There's Adequate Oversight Of The NSA

from the that-story's-not-working dept

One of the key responses from the NSA and its defenders to all of these Snowden leaks is that there is "rigorous oversight" of the NSA by the courts and Congress. Of course, that talking point has been debunked thoroughly, but NSA defenders keep trotting it out. It appears that the public is not buying it. At all. A recent poll from YouGov found that only 17% of people believe that Congress provides "adequate oversight" on the spying of Americans. A marginally better 20% (though, within the 4.6% margin of error, so meaningless difference really) felt that Congress provides adequate oversight of the NSA when it comes to collecting data on foreigners. Basically, that part of the NSA story just isn't particularly believable in light of everything that's come out. Oh, and people are paying attention to the news. A full 87% had heard something about the spying on foreign countries -- with only 14% thinking that such a program has helped US interests abroad.

Oh, and it gets worse. According to a different study, the more informed people are about the NSA, the less they like what the NSA is doing. The NSA has been insisting if people could only understand more about its actions they'd be much more comfortable with the agency's actions, but this study suggests that's not quite true either.

Neither of these findings should come as a shock to most people outside of the NSA, but for our friends over at the NSA reading this, it would appear that your talking points aren't working. Perhaps, next time, try (1) telling the truth and (2) not trampling all over the Constitution.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 12 Nov 2013 @ 11:56am

    Re: Good Agiprop

    The NSA is not out of control. The President and at least some members of Congress know and support the NSA and it's current role.


    The NSA is out of control. I agree that the executive, legislative, and judicial branches have been complicit in this and should be held accountable, but that doesn't mean they're not out of control.

    Elections can be very useful in calling to account those who by their actions and inaction have brought us to this point.


    God, how I wish this were true. But I don't think it actually is. The problem is systemic, so for the most part who is elected doesn't really impact it that much.

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