It's a master class in political doubletalk. First, it's the law's fault. The law, you see, is too complicated for mere mortals not working for the NSA to understand, so that makes it okay to lie.
Orwell Would Be Proud: NSA Defender Explains How Even Though NSA Spies On Americans, It's OK To Say They Don't
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February 6, 2014

Via Techdirt:

Benjamin Wittes of the Brooking Institution has become the go-to non-government NSA apologist. One of his most recent articles is a true work of rhetorical artistry, in which he tries to explain why saying "the NSA doesn't spy on Americans" is acceptable shorthand for the fact that the NSA spies on pretty much every American. It's a master class in political doubletalk. First, it's the law's fault. The law, you see, is too complicated for mere mortals not working for the NSA to understand, so that makes it okay to lie:


The law is so dense and so complicated that it cannot be accurately summ...

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