The EFF has helpfully put together a list of the top 5 claims that defenders of the NSA have to stop making
if they want to remain credible. In short, it's the top five lies that defenders of the NSA keep repeating over and over again, even though they've each been widely debunked. It's a handy guide to the statements and why they're untrue. You should go read the whole thing, but these are the five:
- The NSA has stopped 54 terrorist attacks with mass spying
- Just collecting call detail records isn’t a big deal
- There have been no abuses of power
- Invading privacy is okay because it's done to prevent terrorist attacks
- There's plenty of oversight from Congress, from the courts and agency watchdogs
If you read Techdirt regularly, you've already read why all five of these are not true. And yet... they keep popping up. We expect politicians and NSA defenders to lie, but what's unfortunate is that people -- and mainly the press -- let them get away with these blatant lies. Hopefully, putting them all in one single spot, with all of the supporting documentation, will help more in the press to call out these claims as bullshit when they're set forth by NSA defenders.