Something any major business with foreign competitors should consider before using cloud services or trusting telecom vendors.
"Oh look, the bad guys are spying on our people, what can we do?"
"Ok, let's spy on them too then!"
If this seems like a logical conversation then change "spy on" to "rape" and see if it still makes sense.
To a certain extent, this is understandable. The NSA may not trust Verizon's judgment on who a foreign national is. And the nature of a more specific request may reveal classified information -- e.g. if the NSA asked for "all calls to Libya" just prior to the bombing campaign, that may have revealed something was up.
That's not to say any of this is justified, or that the attempts to filter out domestic information are effective. Apparently, you have to be 49% foreign or less to be filtered out, whatever that means (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/06/bombsh...).
But it's the explanation I would give if I were him.
Sen. Feinstein, are you there?
but who's counting among friends, huh?
I wonder how well they background check all the people working on their new data facility in Utah.
I don't think so. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublespeak
> The only way it would be more obviously doublespeak is to say "Spying is privacy".
That's where it would begin to be doublespeak, at least as far as I understand it.
Regardless of wether it's doublespeak, it surely is a Big Lie: Nobody spies more on American citizens than American intelligence agencies. Let's just assume that as fact. Now,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lie : "a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."
To say "We’re the only ones not spying on the American people" when nobody else does it more, that's oh so very clearly a Big Lie to me.
My point is it doesn't have to be the principles of doublespeak as outlined in Goldstein's book to be doublespeak. The Ministries application of the principles of doublespeak appear to the populace as a big lie.
"But it means also the ability to BELIEVE that black is white, and more, to KNOW that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as DOUBLETHINK." -- George Orwell