This gem was in response to a blogpost regarding the massive new NSA facility being constructed in all places “Bluffdale” UT
The article “The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)” By James Bamford, Email Author,March 15, 2012 is rather neutral in intent, focused on the technology and stated background of the project. It is excellently written and constructed. However the comments that ensue (anticipated by the author in his own added comment) raise the very real concern that this facility will be used for spying on average Americans. A concern worthy of considering even in the midst of our need for intelligence collection.
One of those comments are as follows:
JohnnyLA is correct; Occam’s Razor.
Governments don’t build such an intrusive apparatus, and then rarely use them. Inevitably, there will be one more grey area; one more personal reason for an agent to look at the secrets of those in his life; one more place where those charged with the safety of the citizens overstep their authority. And in so doing, these secret systems, even if built initially with robust safeguards, devolve, and then morph into something like the East German Stasi, or the secret police of Pinochet. It is almost an inevitability.
There are reasons why the framers of the Constitution felt that public debate and discussion were a requirement in forging law and attendant governmental structures. This isn’t an optional nicety. The knowledge and consent of the governed is -required- to ensure the legitimacy of the government.