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 June 13, 2014  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Mike Masnick writes:

This past Wednesday, the CIA held its first ever Conference on National Security at Georgetown University. It included plenty of the usual talking heads spouting nonsense, but I wanted to focus in on one particular talking head spouting particularly ridiculous nonsense. It’s our old friend, Rep.  Mike Rogers , who is retiring from Congress to try to become an even bigger blowhard on talk radio (as if that’s possible). Apparently, Rogers is using this conference to practice the classical blowhard strategy of making a variety of absolutely ridiculous claims that directly contradict each other.

So, for example, he kicked it off by attacking Silicon Valley tech companies for fighting back against NSA surveillance, and for arguing (accurately) that the NSA’s efforts have created a major business problem for them around the globe, as people outside the US no longer trust them. In Rogers’ mind, that means these companies are putting “European profits above national security.”

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