The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Sunday, June 11, 2006
NSA Surveillance

(Thanks to Information Week.)

Get the facts straight on phone database...

One point about this whole fandango: How many people would be needed by the NSA to surviel every single phone call made in the USA? There are over 1 billion phone calls made daily.

So, how many government workers would be needed? One? Ten? One Hundred? One Thousand? Ten Thousand?

Try Ten Million.

Since they would be government workers, the pay and benefits would be between $50,000 to $100,000 per year. That means the federal budget would have to be increased by 500 Billion to One Trillion per year to listen in on your boring, inane, and stupid conversations. Isn't happening, and isn't going to happen.

How do I know your conversation is boring, inane, and stupid? Have you ever listened to some jackass on his/her cellphone?



The commotion over allegations that the National Security Agency has
been secretly compiling data on millions of telephone calls made by
ordinary citizens raises an interesting question: With the
technologies in place today, how well can NSA actually mine the
information it gathers?