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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret 200

Posted by timothy
from the public-officials-should-be-on-public-record dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency for denying him the release of financial disclosure statements attributable to its former director. According to a report by Bloomberg, prospective clients of Alexander's, namely large banks, will be billed $1 million a month for his cyber-consulting services. Recode.net quipped that for an extra million, Alexander would show them the back door (state-installed spyware mechanisms) that the NSA put in consumer routers.
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

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  • Re:If true. If. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30, 2014 @07:19PM (#47570819)

    Derp. Welcome to America. As it's been this way since the days of Andrew Jackson. To state that the current state of affairs is Obama or Bush or any recent president's doing is very naive. People like you contribute to the problem.

    Everyone knows that the government you see isn't what is calling the shots in this country.

    "Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day."
    Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States,
    Theodore Roosevelt - An Autobiography, 1913 (Appendix B)

    "A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men [W]e have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world - no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men."
    Woodrow Wilson,
    28th President of the United States, The New Freedom, 1913

    "Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."
    Woodrow Wilson,
    28th President of the United States, The New Freedom, 1913

    "The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent."
    J. Edgar Hoover,
    The Elks Magazine, 1956

    "Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means We have a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government This ruthless power-seeking elite is a disease of our century This group is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable."
    Senator William Jenner,
    1954 speech

    "The Rockefellers and their allies have, for at least fifty years, been carefully following a plan to use their economic power to gain political control of first America, and then the rest of the world. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent."
    Congressman Larry P. McDonald, November 1975,
    from the introduction to a book titled The Rockefeller File

    Oh fuck it. God damn nothing but idiots on this site. Trusting, naive idiots spoonfed political propaganda that will always eat it up without question.

    "Obama's America"? Really? Fucking moron.

  • Re:If true. If. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CaptnZilog (33073) on Wednesday July 30, 2014 @07:47PM (#47570965)

    "Obama's America"? Really? Fucking moron.

    What has he done to change anything beyond stupid platitudes that tons of ignorant liberals lapped up? We charge people who drive by the scene of an accident as negligible so why should Obama not be held to the same standard?

    I might consider them negligent, but I'm not really sure what considering them "negligible" means in this context, nor why they would be able to be charged with anything for it.

    "Negligible: so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded."

    We quite honestly do need to improve our educational system, since it seems to produce lots of people who accuse others of ignorance, while at the same time showing their own ignorance of the English language.

  • Re:If true. If. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by kilfarsnar (561956) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @10:39AM (#47574271)

    Likewise, the militarization of domestic police forces and their gradual shift from a community law enforcement role to more resemble a national occupation force complete with armored vehicles and heavy crew-served weapons.

    A SWAT team per city / county, a few of which might have a light armored vehicle, is an "occupation" army?

    You don't suppose you might be overstating things a bit, do you??

    Were you in Boston on April 15-20th, 2013? Occupation army isn't too far off.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/radley-balko

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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