Question of the day: Why does Apple call all their stuff "i"? It's Apple, not Ipple.
The scandal around the NSA contractor who revealed the gubment was doing across-the-board phone and internet surveillance on us keeps growing. I must admit I'm pretty conflicted about it. On the one hand I want the Federales to keep a close eye on potential terrorists living among us, but it seems to me they're casting much too broad a dragnet.
Did you know there are over 800,000 civilians (contractors) who have the top-secret clearance to see this sort of stuff? This fella Snowden said he had it within his scope of authority to listen in or read anyone's email. This is the exact opposite what gubment officials are telling us.
Think about it. Do you really believe none of the 800,000 snoops on the payroll wouldn't be even a little tempted to listen in to an old girlfriend's conversation, or what was being emailed back and forth between Brad and Angelina? I can't imagine 800,000 people, or even 800 people, who would be that disciplined.
I'm afraid I have to agree with those who say our government has overstepped propriety. I say there needs to be at least some connection between a possible national security threat and invasive snooping.
Opposing views welcome.
This reminds me of a story a friend told me from back in his days as a marketing rep for a company that sold high-end communications equipment, the kind used on government aircraft for secure communications.
He was in Bulgaria (?) to bid on a system for their executive aircraft. He called HQ one evening from his hotel room to let them know how negotiations were going. He commented, "I really don't think we have a chance. These guys have close ties with other former eastern European allies and will probably choose one of their companies."
The next day at breakfast a Bulgarian negotiator stepped up to my friend and very stiffly announced, "I want you to know that you do have a fair chance to get this contract, and that we will not necessarily choose a company from one of our former eastern European allies."