A Healthy Dose of Skepticism
Published on June 17, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I offer some thoughts on the NSA and whether we should trust people in charge of a vast surveillance network.

Here's an excerpt:

"At a wedding years ago, I met a young man who worked at the National Security Agency. He was a groomsman and I was a bridesmaid, and we were spending a lot of time together at various events.

'I hear you work at the NSA,' I said, in an effort to make small talk.
The young man frowned.

'I really wish you hadn’t heard that,' he said. 'I’m afraid I can’t talk about it.'

I learned two things from this conversation: People who work for the NSA are highly secretive, and they do not regard 'So what do you do?' as a benign question. Of course, the young man’s evasiveness only made me more curious about the NSA. He was a nice guy, and I enjoyed hanging out with him. But I wondered about his job. What did it entail? Would I disapprove of it?

A few years ago, a mutual friend jokingly suggested I marry the young man, since we’re both single. I wrinkled my nose. 'I’m not sure I approve of his line of work,' I said. 'Whatever it is.'

The NSA has been in the news a lot lately."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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