Michael Hayden, a former NSA Director, and often-too-outspoken proponent of the current tactics, techniques, and procedures employed by the NSA, has made the claim that terrorists primarily choose Gmail as their email service provider of choice, as if that is somehow important:
While current NSA chief Keith Alexander may be the individual most closely associated with the controversial data collection programs made public by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, it’s his predecessor, retired general Michael Hayden, who offered the latest defense of those programs on Sunday. “Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide,” Hayden said, as a defense of the PRISM program, which delivers vast amounts of information from several communications companies, including Google, into the hands of U.S. intelligence.
So if these amorphous terrorists primarily choose Aquafina as their bottled water, will the NSA start placing listening devices in their bottles?
He goes further by stating that since the United States played a major role in the development of the Internet, that the NSA should be allowed to collect that data…for, you know, intelligence reasons:
Hayden suggested that the Internet’s origins in the United States partially justifies the NSA’s conduct…”We built it here, and it was quintessentially American,” he said, adding that partially due to that, much of traffic goes through American servers where the government “takes a picture of it for intelligence purposes.”
Welcome to the New World Order, as some conspiracy theorists would have you believe.
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