Redefining English: Senator Feinstein Says The Press Needs To Stop Calling Patriot Act Surveillance Program A ‘Surveillance Program’
The following article points out an example of propaganda. Sen. Feinstein wants the press to stop calling what the NSA is doing is surveillance. She doesn’t like the term because it is pejorative. It sounds bad, in other words. It is the goal of propaganda to change the impression of a reality. This is Sen. Feinstein’s goal. Call it something less harmful to the NSA’s agenda, thereby changing the reality from one of horror at what the NSA is doing to an impression of sensible, harmless activity. Will the press follow her advice? We’ll see if, after the laughter stops, whether the mainstream press changes how it refers to the NSA spying program. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor.
This article comes from TechDirt.com
It’s no secret that the intelligence community tries to give the “least untruthful” answers by basically redefining the English language. In an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today, in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA boss Keith Alexander and Deputy Attorney General James Cole all got to talk up how important spying on everyone is, there was an incredible moment in which Intelligence Committee boss Senator Dianne Feinstein scolded not these bosses of the surveillance program, but the press for calling it a surveillance program. Yes, you read that right. We’ll add the clipped video once it’s available, but she argued that the Patriot Act’s Section 215, which has been interpreted to allow for the collection of phone records on every phone call is NOT a surveillance program because it just “collects metadata.” She suggests that it’s unfair to call this surveillance program a surveillance program. That’s because she’s either lying or doesn’t understand what metadata reveals.
So we have a simple request. Since metadata is no big deal and it’s not surveillance, when will Senator Feinstein release all of the metadata on all of the phone calls to and from her various offices, mobile phones and home phones?
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