ICYMI: NSA too big to comply, excellent article at Moyers & Company

Last week, Wednesday, June 11, Moyers & Company cross-posted an article by Patrick Toomey from the ACLU’s Blog of Rights, Too big to comply? NSA says it’s too large, complex to comply with court order.

As Toomey put it, the NSA’s argument is brazen. Either the NSA’s spokesspooks have a complete inability to appreciate irony when they see, hear, or say it or, like any good government mouthpiece standing in front of a flag, they are fully aware of the magnitude of their BS and can dish it out to us with a feculent rictus.

From the article:

For an agency whose motto is “Collect It All,” the NSA’s claim that its mission could be endangered by a court order to preserve evidence is a remarkable one. That is especially true given the immense amount of data the NSA is known to process and warehouse for its own future use.

The NSA also argued that retaining evidence for EFF’s privacy lawsuit would put it in violation of other rules designed to protect privacy. But what the NSA presents as an impossible choice between accountability and privacy is actually a false one. Surely, the NSA — with its ability to sift and sort terabytes of information — can devise procedures that allow it to preserve the plaintiffs’ data here without retaining everyone’s data.

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