The NSA knows where your cellphone is, even when it is turned off. You own a a smartphone.
I own an ancient dumb phone. The NSA does not know where I am — no GPS tracking.
The NSA taps into 5 billion calls a day. It probably has a record of what you said. It knows who you were talking to.
The story is all over the Web. Once again, Edward Snowden is the source.
Snowden turned over all his material to The Guardian last year. The site keeps leaking bombshells. Boom, boom, boom: the NSA keeps experiencing public relations disasters. If the stories were released all at once, they would be old news fast. But the stories are dribbled out, one by one. Each one becomes a sensation.
The media cannot ignore them. They run them front and center. This was the lead story on Google News today.
Congress does nothing to stop this, of course. It goes through the motions. It hold hearings. But nothing changes.
The NSA sits tight. It can afford to. Its once top-secret $52 billion a year budget — another Snowden bombshell — keeps the NSA operating, woth or without Snowden. But The Guardian’s time-release strategy has created more bad publicity for the NSA than anything in NSA’s history.
It goes beyond this. No whistle-blower in history has ever created this much bad publicity for any federal agency. The stories never seem to end. The NSA puts out one fire, and the next one starts.
He sits in Russia, safe and sound. Russia does not get blamed. That’s because The Guardian is in charge. Snowden does not get blamed by the Russians. He is not the source of new revelations.
So far, the Guradian has published 1% of the files he provided.
The NSA does not know what will be published next. At this point, it no longer does any good to deny the stories. It vainly tries to spin them. “This was all authorized by the courts.” This merely transfers the blame to the Obama administration, which does not put a stop to this. Obama does a great Sergeant Schultz routine.