The New York Times pointed out that the Fisa court had become a “parallel supreme court“. It catered to a mirror universe beyond the reach of Congress or normal courts, servicing a new and burgeoning realm of government and private securocrats. When asked about this world, NSA bosses merely said they could not “jeopardise American security“.
Phi Beta Iota: It is quite fascinating to watch the US Government self-destruct, desperately trying to do more and more of the wrong thing with less and less real money. Between corruption at the top and idiocy at the bottom, the government appears unable to govern. A word on the NSA-proof app: it is impossible to secure software if you do not also secure the hardware and every point between the clear text entry of the message (read the pad) and the clear text exit of the message (read the pad). This is why we champion Open Source Everything (OSE).