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[ NNSquad ] "The Silent Power of the NSA" (New York Times - *1983*)

"The Silent Power of the NSA" (New York Times - *1983*)

http://j.mp/17KH6z4  (New York Times - 27 March 83 // More than 30 years ago)

    "A Federal Court of Appeals recently ruled that the largest and most
     secretive intelligence agency of the United States, the National
     Security Agency, may lawfully intercept the overseas communications of
     Americans even if it has no reason to believe they are engaged in
     illegal activities. The ruling, which also allows summaries of these
     conversations to be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
     significantly broadens the already generous authority of the N.S.A. to
     keep track of American citizens."

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A reminder from more than 30 years ago for those persons who have been
spouting the "I'm shocked! Shocked that NSA is conducting surveillance
of Americans!" lines and attempting to claim that Edward Snowden's
data dump was somehow expansively revelatory.  For those of us who
have been "watching the watchers" for decades, it's all pretty much an
old story.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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