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    Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    The journalist who has published a string of reports based on documents from National Security Agency leaker Ed Snowden claims he has evidence that "low-level" analysts have easy access to a database that lets them browse the phone, email and Internet histories of anyone.

    The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who is scheduled to speak before a bipartisan congressional group on Wednesday, said he plans to publish a report on the latest findings later this week.

    Though some top officials have denied the NSA offers this kind of access to its workers, Greenwald said that's not true. In an interview on ABC News' "This Week," Greenwald said "low-level" employees as well as contractors like Snowden can dip into a vast system of information on peoples' communications.

    He likened the database to a supermarket cash register.

    "The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and emails in their databases that they have collected over the last several years," he said. "And what these programs are, are very simple screens like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address and it does two things -- it searches that database and let's them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you've entered."
    Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records | Fox News

    So how do you feel about this? Do you think that this dragnet that ensnares us all is necessary and just? How about Constitutional? Does it make you feel safer? What is the natural progression from here?

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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    It's not really true. It's like saying anyone can steal something from a store. Sure, you can do it, but you're gonna get in trouble.
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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    This does not surprise me. Snowden alluded to that in his first interview with Greenwald.

    As John Oliver said on the Daily Show: Good news--you were NOT paraoid.

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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records | Fox News

    So how do you feel about this? Do you think that this dragnet that ensnares us all is necessary and just? How about Constitutional? Does it make you feel safer? What is the natural progression from here?
    1. it's absolutely unacceptable.

    2. the writer of the story actually added an apostrophe to "lets."

    it searches that database and let's them listen to the calls
    IM A PERFESSIONAL JERNALI'ST I AM.


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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records | Fox News

    So how do you feel about this? Do you think that this dragnet that ensnares us all is necessary and just? How about Constitutional? Does it make you feel safer? What is the natural progression from here?
    It sucks!!It isn't neccessary or IMO Constitutional!

    I'm no safer and we're getting closer & closer to 1984 the book!!!

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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records | Fox News

    So how do you feel about this? Do you think that this dragnet that ensnares us all is necessary and just? How about Constitutional? Does it make you feel safer? What is the natural progression from here?
    So, why exactly do we have a 4th amendment then?
    "Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoist View Post
    So, why exactly do we have a 4th amendment then?
    Apparently it used to mean something but nowadays it is just words on paper.

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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    Quote Originally Posted by penn1954 View Post
    It sucks!!It isn't neccessary or IMO Constitutional!

    I'm no safer and we're getting closer & closer to 1984 the book!!!
    I think 1984 is an apt comparison to what we're facing when you take in the totality of, well, controversial things stacked against us and consider the natural progression of these pressures upon our society. Instead of flying to a bright horizon we're marching further and further into the abyss.

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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoist View Post
    So, why exactly do we have a 4th amendment then?
    It allows the school authorities to conduct a class about it. It's a teaching aid, not a principle of governance.

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    Re: Greenwald says 'low-level' NSA workers can tap into phone, Internet records

    Weird how actual legal experts disagree with you guys. Almost like it isn't at all cut-and-dried like you guys would like to think it was. Hmmm.
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