Do as we say, not as we do

Jack Shafer with a pithy piece at Reuters about NSAmok:

The government obviously wants its mosaic theory both ways. It wants to say we shouldn’t worry about it holding mountains of our metadata that, when run through NSA’s mosaic-machine, can reveal our health status, our financial condition, our comings and goings, our political persuasions, and our tastes in vice, etc. But at the same time, it treats itself to a hysterical fit when asked for the release of bland government information because somebody (a terrorist, a spy, or even a journalist) might use it to piece together a state secret and endanger national security.

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