Last month, when congress asked the NSA how many Americans they spied on without a warrant, the NSA replied with this:
The NSA IG provided a classified response on 6 June 2012. I defer to his conclusion that obtaining such an estimate was beyond the capacity of his office and dedicating sufficient additional resources would likely impede the NSA’s mission. He further stated that his office and NSA leadership agreed that an IG review of the sort suggested would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons..
Literally they told Congress that telling them how many people they Spied on would violate their privacy.
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
SPYING IS PRIVACY
Seriously this is a problem, and a big one. How could revealing the number of Americans they spied on violate their privacy? They have already been violated.
This perhaps is the most blatant statement ever to come out of the secretive agency.
I’m going to go back to reading Orwell… and pretend it’s just fiction.