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SATURDAY, JUL 6, 2013  |  5 comments
NSA Surveillance Disclosures Recall Days of East German STASI

When Wolfgang Schmidt learned about NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations concerning the agency's ability to collect personal data on millions of American citizens, he was astonished. When he was a lieutenant colonel in East Germany’s secret police, the STASI, his department, was limited to tapping just 40 phones every day. If a decision was made to tap a new phone, one of the others had to be disconnected. Said Schmidt: “For us, this would have been a dream come true ... so much information on so many people!”

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) employed more than 90,000 people, including 15,000 soldiers in the GDR army and 2,000 full-time collaborators. There were also 175,000 “unofficial” collaborators. One STASI official estimated the total to be closer to 500,000 people, or about five percent of the country’s population at the time.

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jpw  Find all comments by jpw
and this....is our core problem.
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News Item7/7/13 8:49 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
jpw wrote:
right answer Mike. and now, can you name the legislation that gave them absolute powers so that those voters who were promised security in trading out their bll of rhgts may know?
No, I can't. I've not heard of any offer to trade in the Bill for promise of security, nor would any such exchange be valid law, nor does lower legislation supercede con law.
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News Item7/6/13 9:54 PM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
right answer Mike. and now, can you name the legislation that gave them absolute powers so that those voters who were promised security in trading out their bll of rhgts may know?
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News Item7/6/13 11:10 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
jpw wrote:
congratulations moral majority, here's your "safety" and "security".
Bummer. That's what they get for voting for the NSA secret surveillance program.
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News Item7/6/13 10:00 AM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
congratulations moral majority, here's your "safety" and "security".
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