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NSA hires civil liberties watchdog ... but color me skeptical

October 4, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
The National Security Agency plans to create a new position called "The Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer," according to Time Magazine. Of course, this person will be reporting directly to the Director of the NSA and will be UNDER the director of the NSA. That sounds kind of like the fox guarding the hen house to me.

As we all know, thanks to Edward Snowden (who by now has probably had time to learn exactly what it means to be Comrade Snowden in Putin's Russia) , the NSA and other branches of government have engaged in more than a bit of domestic spying as of late. They keep track of where and when you have made cell phone calls and to what number. They have computer software that can log and analyze your Internet search history, the sites you have visited and key words in the e-mails you have sent. They can build an intimate picture of your daily activities, your friends and family and what you think of them, that means they know more about you than your spouse or your mother or your best friend. Various journalists have had their home and work phones tapped and quite likely had their e-mail accounts spied on while the feds were on a fishing expedition for leaks in the government, though we can probably blame that on the FBI and the Department of Justice.

Whether our friendly neighborhood spies actually do all of this with the average American is the big question. They claim that they use it only on the bad guys (though I wouldn't want to be an innocent Muslim American named Mohammed something or other in the NSA's line of view.) It's going to take one heck of a lot more than a "Civil Liberties and Protection Officer" in name only to convince me that the NSA gives a rip about the privacy rights or the civil liberties of American citizens, innocent or guilty. Don't say anything online or to anyone on your cell phone that you don't want the whole world – or the government – to know.


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