NSA: We Can't Tell You About Our Data on You Because We Got It Covertly So It Must Be Dangerous

NSA: We Can't Tell You About Our Data on You Because We Got It Covertly So It Must Be Dangerous

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Abby Zimet

Want to know what the NSA has on you? Think the Freedom of Information Act will get it for you? Think again. Clayton Seymour, a 36-year-old IT specialist, Navy veteran, Obama voter and "generally law-abiding citizen" from Ohio, curious about whatever data might exist on him, sent a FOIA request to the NSA. Their response to his request, and reportedly many more like it: We can't tell you, because it's classified. Meaning, the NSA is evidently classifying all its information on everyone, thus enabling them to argue in their Orwellian, Heller-esque way that if they gathered it covertly then it must be dangerous, and if it's dangerous then why would they give it to you, a lowly, non-classified if allegedly Constitutionally-protected citizen? His letter. Read it and weep.

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