Smashed Hard Drives, Shuttered Email Services, And The Slow Leak Of Free Speech


Super job lads. Not. Hole, keep diggin’.

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It can’t be easy defending the NSA’s surveillance efforts. The task continues to be made increasingly difficult by the myriad revelations that continue to spill from the treasure trove of information that Edward Snowden released to the world.

It’s just metadata. It’s just metadata on all phone calls. No they can’t call up your emails. Well, yes, XKeyscore is real, and you should be happy we have it. No, there have been zero privacy abuses. Well, fine, in one 12-month period ending in 2012 there were 2,776, but that’s just proof of oversight and none were willful! Wrong.

And no, there has been no harm to individuals. We should worry more about terrorism.

That last one is the most recent line of arguing I’ve run into, and I find it hard to fully understand. It presumes that a supposed immediate or short-term risk — say…

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