The comment, your response, and jilocasin @ 15-06-02 07:16 "It's just right for the propper mission" are all sort of pieces of what i tend to think about, which is: Whatever they are claiming now, and whatever they may actually try to do with this now, the real goal is somewhat nebulously forward-looking. They want a database (and the R&D trajectory) to have their Total Information Awareness in the future. They are waiting for trends in various technologies to reach certain points. They are waiting for science fiction to become reality. They want their massively cross-referenced petadata analytics with slick UIs that can relate "all the stuff" then let some humans make decisions based correlations in their 3-D VR dashboard environments. All hand-swipey and everything. Who knows. But they want all this, what will be historical data, for some indefinite time in the future where their little wet dreams come true and Kurzweil is right or something. And they want it "too big to fail" until that time comes. (When my children's children's children can spy on, predict the actions of, manipulate, and incarcerate (or incinerate) your children's children's children and their brother's sister's cousin. All of them. All their wives, and all their children, and all their sheep, and all their cattle, and all their cats and dogs.)
MR. EARNEST: Well, Kevin, all I can do is I can illustrate to you very clearly that there are tools that had previously been available to our national security professionals that are not available today because the Senate didn’t do their job, because we saw Republicans in the Senate engage in a lot of political back and forth as opposed to engaging in the critically important work of the country.
He illustrates absolutely nothing but a caricature of himself. The statement that the Senate didn't do their job is beyond the pale. Looks like they are finally doing their job, for whatever reason. It was critically important to let these provisions lapse. Who is this crazypants to tell the legislative branch what their job is? That's the job of the Constitution, the People, and other law, not some Administration hack who can't even answer a simple question. (No points for repeating bullshit calmly as many times as it takes to finish the event.)
I remember the Good Old Days™ where cable throttled you (or simply did not build in enough bandwidth on the local loop and oversold their capacity) for using you internet because apparently everyone and their grandmother was torrenting 24x7 and the piracy angle was just a bit of frosting on the cake.
More so, plenty will insist that things are true, whether or not they really believe them - assuming they ever look at themselves or anything else deeply enough for questioning instead of belief. If it suits their beliefs or their agenda, it's "true".