There are lots of companies that develop «products» from the basic intelligence infrastructure. The comments about the PRISM slideshow appearing to be a pitch are probably correct, but do not detract from the seriousness of the content. It is actively encouraged to have separate groups work the same data, to then compare conclusions. Which opens up the field to a lot of contractors, in a surging growth area. The salaries are high, because the contracts are in the stratosphere, and the trained talent is playing hard to get.
I don’t think the men in black could convince me that this surveillance is worthwhile. Of course, there is money being made, and that is part of it. But the bigger part of it is that these guys, politicians of the right and the left, are terrified of another 9/11 on their watch. Shred the Constitution? Sure!
Even if Congress tried to stop abuse, which they wouldn’t, they would be overridden by the unitary executive because national security. Let’s face it, at this point the NSA/CIA/DIA has enough to blackmail just about anyone with something to lose to do anything. So, I figure the surveillance state is pretty much baked in. That a 3 month employee could have access to this crap, take it, not be detected until he revealed himself leaves me feeling secure that no rogue employee would ever go stalk an ex gf with this data or anything. Read the rest of this entry…