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Year In Communications: NSA Revelations Overshadow Communications Breakthroughs 61

Posted by samzenpus
from the keep-talking dept.
MacRonin writes "Communications news in 2013 was dominated by serial revelations of the National Security Agency's mass collection of data from major Internet companies and mobile carriers, leading to widespread cries of governmental overreach. But those revelations, based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, were accompanied by remarkable advances in wireless communications. The Snowden documents also galvanized new efforts at making the Internet more secure and private. The folks at MIT Technology Review have their year-end rundown."
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Year In Communications: NSA Revelations Overshadow Communications Breakthroughs

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  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @03:56AM (#45786439) Journal

    But more to the point, have you ever seen any black people who work for the NSA?

    Not only they have African Americans who work for NSA, they have set up a special web page for them, and have dedicated a special wall panel to commemorate their contribution, inside the NSA building.

    http://www.nsa.gov/about/cryptologic_heritage/african_americans/ [nsa.gov]

    But even more to the point - no matter what color of skin they have, - white, black, and all hues in between - those who work for NSA, if they continue to violate the Constitution of America, they are Traitors to the country !

  • by Sarten-X (1102295) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @09:11AM (#45787137) Homepage

    The purpose of the nation is freedom. The purpose of the NSA's actions is to oppose freedom. Therefore, those who perpetrate these actions are enemies of the nation...

    There is no direct connection (despite the Slashdot hivemind's assumptions) between surveillance and oppression. Even merely opposing freedom does not, in itself, make someone an enemy of the United States. In fact, as I recall, there are a few other goals for the country besides just generic liberty, such as "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, [and] promote the general Welfare". Of course, having to acknowledge multiple goals, which are all interpreted differently by the different branches of government, makes it harder to write vitriolic Slashdot posts calling for killing other humans.

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