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Comment: Re:Information overload (Score 1) 31

by Livius (#49554581) Attached to: Declassified Report From 2009 Questions Effectiveness of NSA Spying

Because it looks flashy and high-tech, both the surveillance itself and the large sums in the budget line.

It's for show, just like the TSA. And just like the TSA, they have to actually violate rights and/or molest people for the appearances to be convincing. Lawful/constitutional intelligence-gathering just isn't sexy enough.

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.