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NSA Has an App for That

January 27th, 2014 - 4:13 pm

The madness just won’t stop:

The U.S. National Security Agency specifically looks for data sent by mobile apps in order to capture personal data on targets, according to a new report from The New York Times and other news agencies.

Intelligence agencies can grab data as it travels across the Internet, looking specifically for data from smartphone apps including Google Maps — searches within the app allow Governments to locate users to within a few yards — and even Angry Birds. Much of the information being sent seems to be related to targeted advertising.

We ought to demand to know how much money is being spent and how much analytical attention is taken, looking for terror messages inside of Angry Birds ads.

I’m not trying to be funny here, either. Our priorities are so out of whack, Washington is living in such a world of delusion, that it thinks we can spare the money and effort for this kind of useless horseshit eavesdropping on American citizens.

It’s almost safe now to conclude that the only thing to be done is to defund the NSA, fire every single last employee, and then start from scratch. Old employees may be rehired by the new agency, but only if they were in no way involved in the conception or implementation of these programs.

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I say let's term limit the career bureaucrats in these agencies.

Let's say that someone goes to work for the EPA writing up regulations on the correct farting procedure to avoid dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. After spending, oh let's say 10 years, telling people to fart into EPA approved canisters to be buried below ground; they are forced to resign and give that duty to someone else. Now they have to live and work in the real world that they just spent 10 years regulating, therefore having to live with the consequences of their actions.
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They would then become a lobbyist for the company that makes the canisters and work toward mandating a new and improved and even more environmentally friendly (and profitable) canister. It truly never ends.
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We are talking mid level bureaucrats and not the power brokers that infest D.C. I don't think that companies would be willing to shill out major bucks for lobbyists that have little political pull; especially as they would no longer be allowed to work in government.

I could be wrong and underestimating how much pull a bureaucrat has, though.
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Which is why you implement Glen Reynold's Revolving Door Surtax: 90% on all income earned by former government employees working for registered lobbyists or companies with government contracts.
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i've often wondered why apps like angry birds have been asking to have access to my current location, especially of late.
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It’s almost safe now to conclude that the only thing to be done is to defund the NSA, fire every single last employee, and then start from scratch. Old employees may be rehired by the new agency, but only if they were in no way involved in the conception or implementation of these programs.

Why stop there? Defund the entire damned government.
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How do you say "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere: Electric Boogaloo" in Chinese?
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There is clearly no oversight being done with a skeptical eye. The NSA is being allowed to go and play with whatever toys it wants, and their core mission ignored.
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