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[liberationtech] Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Mon Jun 10 12:27:09 PDT 2013

On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM, x z <xhzhang at> wrote:
> Occam's razor would give us the following is what has actually happened in
> the past three days: a semi-clueless whistle blower fed an overzealous
> journalist a low-quality powerpoint deck, which met the privacy-paranoia and
> exploded.

I agree. I also don't understand what's the big deal. It is well-known
that the NSA (with cooperation with SIGINT agencies of other
countries) scans all communication channels it can get to. By reaching
popular communication methods like webmail and social media, it is
just doing its job. What apparently is at the core of the hysterical
public reaction is that the NSA spies on Americans, who think that
they are special, and should be treated differently. The reason they
think they are special is that the huge geopolitical / economic /
military-industrial complex influence of the United States elevates
and accustoms them to a position that's completely out of proportion
with their actual value to the world — utterly un-democratic, if you
think about it. Well, your spy agencies are more democratic than you
guys — they spy on you, too. If that wouldn't have been the case, it
would mean that your military-industrial complex is not that powerful,
which would imply that you are not special anymore, which, ironically,
rejects the original premise. Hopefully someone else can appreciate
the irony as well (hence writing this).

Maxim Kammerer
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