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Seeing the future: The NYT on the NSA, March 1983

posted at 9:44 am on August 23, 2013 by

Making the rounds today on Twitter. Here’s the eerie final paragraph:

No laws define the limits of the N.S.A.’s power. No Congressional committee subjects the agency’s budget to a systematic, informed and skeptical review. With unknown billions of Federal dollars, the agency purchases the most sophisticated communications and computer equipment in the world. But truly to comprehend the growing reach of this formidable organization, it is necessary to recall once again how the computers that power the N.S.A. are also gradually changing lives of Americans – the way they bank, obtain benefits from the Government and communicate with family and friends. Every day, in almost every area of culture and commerce, systems and procedures are being adopted by private companies and organizations as well as by the nation’s security leaders that make it easier for the N.S.A. to dominate American society should it ever decide such action is necessary.

Can’t wait for the 2043 version.

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Can’t wait for the 2043 version.

Um, the way things are going, you will not have to wait anywhere near that long, AP.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

They are such great journalists when a Repub is president. /

nobar on August 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I remember reading Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, and he described the NSA in a similar way. I thought it was silly at the time. Not anymore.

bluegill on August 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I remember reading Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, and he described the NSA in a similar way.

or the lefty movie, ‘sneakers.’

truecon on August 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Too many republic rats like this power grab. They’ve made a separate peace with demon rats, and the only solution is to rip the power away from them.

The Liberty Amendments – Mark Levin….
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1451606273/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=25650030918&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=s&hvrand=1047333629935745230&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4jhmgsctx4_e

deadite on August 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Huh. I would have guessed 1984.

SomeCallMeJohn on August 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

And who was President in 1983? Why were the liberals so concerned? And did whatever the NYT claim might happen come to pass in the past 30 years?

Fast forward, and here we are, carping about a liberal President and the NSA.

unclesmrgol on August 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM


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