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"There are checks at multiple levels," NSA Deputy Director John Inglis told Congress in July. "There are checks in terms of what an individual might be doing at any moment in time."
The same checks that protect Americans' personal data were also supposed to protect the NSA's information. Yet Snowden, a 29-year-old contractor, managed to walk out with flash drives full of the nation's most highly classified documents.
The NSA is still trying to figure out, in such a complex system, exactly how Snowden defeated those checks.
"I think we can say that they failed," Inglis said. "But we don't yet know where."
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Posted: 2013-09-15 @ 4:22pm PT
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Posted: 2013-09-14 @ 12:09pm PT
This was a great comedy piece, I got a good laugh out of it. What will they say next, the dog ate our copy of the 4th amendment and we forgot what it was about?
It occurs to me that at least one man has a complete understanding of the scope of this system, a heroic defender of the constitution, but Obama, et al, are calling him a traitor and a criminal. Perhaps if they quit persecuting this great man, he would simply tell them what's wrong with it.
An aside, interesting that "the nation's most highly classified documents" are all about the wrong being done to its citizens. This level of data mining has to be unprecedented in the private sector, it had to involve a huge effort to put in place and maintain. I can see why they'd want to keep it a secret, but don't they have anything better to do?