Maggie Koerth-Baker at 3:00 pm Mon, Jun 17, 2013
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Yeah, but which American? (Childish I know, but unable to resist).
Hmm, 1945… So, did reading American telegrams disrupt over 20 anarchist plots, or had we graduated from anarchists to communists by that point?
in other words, this new NSA stuff isn’t a big deal, and 68 years of this sort of thing hasn’t caused the country to implode. just as i thought.
Papers, please. Oh, wait! We’ve already got them!
That’s it’s propaganda value – except the NSA are a key part of a system of paranoia, mistrust, and escalation which very nearly wiped out everyone. Re-orient the focus of the story and it seems a tale of insanity that threatened to blow up the world, which was saved by the disobedience of a single person. A military person.
What saves us? Disobedience.
I am duly afraid, Maggie.
We’ve been reading people’s telegrams longer than that. The NSA’s predecessor the Black Chamber was formed in 1919, so that makes it close to a century.
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