June 13, 2013

NSA’s PRISM: We’re Missing More Than Just Transparency

In light of the National Security Agency’s Prism program being called into public view from the dark crevices of classified information, government secrets, and other inherently non-transparent activities, I wanted to discuss a few points and introduce some thought on the matter. The purpose of this article is to discuss some commonly held views on the issue, as well as to introduce some talking points identifying the true issues at stake: privacy, security, and politics.

The Power of Failure?

Arguments have been made that if the NSA Prism program – and countless others the public will never know about due to their criticality to national security, protection of sources and methods, etc. – were so top-notch, the US wouldn’t have experienced recent terror attacks like those that struck in Boston, Detroit (underwear bomber), or Fort Hood (to name a few).


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is a junior active duty officer working ground intel and supporting an airborne-capable unit. Not SOF, just a regular guy. He holds a BS in Political Science with a German minor from a small engineering school in Colorado, where he loves the adventure found in the mountains. He strongly advocates admitting nothing, denying everything, and making counter-accusations. Nothing here is written in an official capacity or represents the positions of the USG; all work is his personal opinion alone. NFQ

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  • Yakety

    14 Charlie Are you suggesting the power of voting in calling for transparency, oversight and accountability, or are there other legal means?? Thanks in advance for your response and Thank You for your "regular guy" service.

  • 14charlie

    Txazz I was perfectly happy this Saturday morning until I had the misfortune of watching this video.  I'm now off to the gym in a fit of unquenchable rage.

  • Txazz

    Video: College students know more about Kardashian baby than NSA surveillance   Jun. 21, 2013 11:56am http://www.theblaze.com/author/mjessup/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlLR4WgIcw&feature=player_embedded

  • 14charlie

    Eric Pope Thanks for the feedback!  I agree with you that we should have a reasonable expectation of privacy as well.  I looked into it and found this gem.  Not as promising as I had hoped! http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/06/how-ridiculous-is-it-that-email-but-not-mail-has-been-left-out-of-privacy-laws/

  • Eric Pope

    Tango9 linwood I wouldnt be suprised if he were involved in a nasty basket weaving while snowboarding in the Alps type accident in a year or two...