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Orwellian: NSA Can't Say If It Spies On You Because It Would Violate Your Privacy

by Abby Zimet

Surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two members of the Senate’s intelligence oversight committee how many Americans' emails and phone calls they're poking into without a warrant as part of its sweeping counterterrorism powers because such a review "would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons” - and besides, figuring that out is “beyond the capacity” of the NSA. Think Orwell's doublethiink.

"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."