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  • Jan 6th, 2014 @ 11:34am

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    As a result, the agency fielded criticism for failing to crack down on financial crimes ahead of the Great Recession and losing sight of real-estate fraud ahead of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

    Yeah, but that white-collar stuff ain't sexy. Kinda boring in fact. Makes my head hurt just thinking about it. Back to bed.

    (the success of American Hustle gives lie to that tho'. Maybe we just need a few more movies with Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams and the FBI might rediscover an interest?)

  • Jan 4th, 2014 @ 6:45am

    Senator Sanders surely knows what he's doing

    I'd guess this is designed to startle his less bright colleagues (and there are far too many) who may not have grasped that their information is caught up in this worldwide dragnet. And as persons of interest, their ability to keep their dirty secrets secret is clearly jeopardized.

    He's trying to build momentum among his fellows to recognize the danger and reign in the NSA. Added bonus for him is plaguing the NSA with, as Mike noted, the useful framing of the question.

  • Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 11:30am

    on Clapper

    I was surprised and pleased to see this language too:

    His leaks revealed that James Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, lied to Congress when testifying in March that the N.S.A. was not collecting data on millions of Americans. (There has been no discussion of punishment for that lie.)

    Don't recall seeing a mainstream publication use the term "lie" rather than the more weaselly "falsely testified." Better still to see the Times suggest the lie merits punishment.