The big news this week is that there's no big NSA news this week. None. Apple had it's time in the sun and came up with a button that senses fingerprints, the government protects "Likes" and we've got a pile of actual non-NSA news to keep you informed. Sure, there's one lone NSA story, but ain't it a relief that there's just one?
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You may have noticed that the NSA didn't merit a mention in our headlines this week. That's a milestone that's sure not to last, but let's enjoy the short reprieve while it holds. Meanwhile, in other gov news...
ZDNet's David Gewirtz had the opportunity today to be briefed by and speak with certain senior intelligence officials in order to explore the circumstances of a privacy compliance error and a new document release. This is their story.
It's been another week in the shadowy world of government intrigue and there's yet another Guardian-fueled NSA uproar, this time over encryption. ZDNet's Tom Foremski says it best: it's a secret society that can't keep a secret.
The back door policy the NSA is reportedly encouraging may provide a short-term tactical advantage, but it may prove to cause us all problems in the long-term.
I am not making this up. You can't make this stuff up. This is what the world is coming to.
Last Monday we told you that the NSA spying controversy would be a big thing unless there was another "wardrobe malfunction". That same morning, mainstream media led with stories of Miley Cyrus having a malfunction of a "twerking" nature. Did we not tell you this would happen? VMA trumps NSA. Figures.
Most of us are good citizens. And yet. What if the government is listening in, or watching, or scanning, and some algorithm triggers an investigation and some quota-happy g-man decides to make one of us a pet project?
The NSA story just gets more and more out of control, Assange phones it in to the Wikileaks party, Manning gets sentenced, and oh so much more. If this stuff weren't true, you'd think it would be in a bad Bruce Willis movie.