Calling red on a green light to spy and lie

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....
The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Edward Snowden first revealed the spying the National Security Agency (NSA) has been conducting on what was then thought to be only customers of Verizon, the government was embarrassed, but it reluctantly acknowledged that Mr. Snowden revealed a truth. He had, after all, displayed an accurate and faithful copy of a judicial order signed by a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court directing Verizon to give billing information to NSA agents about its 113,000,000 American customers

.Not to worry, the government’s apologists offered, this is only telephone macro-metadata, meaning information about who spoke to whom, when they talked and for how long, and where they were when they talked, but not what they actually said to each other. When Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, stated under oath at a House hearing that his spies lack the authority to capture content, he avoided addressing whether they have the ability to do so, because he knows they do. His boss, James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence and a less-finessed liar than the general, said flatly under oath at a Senate hearing that the feds were not gathering massive amounts of data about hundreds of millions of Americans, when he knew that they were…

Read the rest via NAPOLITANO: Calling red on a green light to spy and lie – Washington Times.

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