This Incredible Last Paragraph From A 1983 New York Times Article Predicted The NSA Scandal

Friday, August 23, 2013
By Paul Martin

Aug 23, 2013

Resurfacing through the fog of the past is this 1983 New York Times David Burnham article about the National Security Agency and its potential for abusive surveillance practices.

Pay particular attention to the last paragraph, which correctly predicts the rapidly growing interconnectedness of information in the cyber sphere, and with it our dependency on that sphere in everyday life.

Everything from banking, to talking with family members flows through those lines, which also happen to flow through the NSA.


No laws define the limits of the N.S.A.’s power. No Congressional committee subjects the agency’s budget to a systematic, informed and skeptical review. With unknown billions of Federal dollars, the agency purchases the most sophisticated communications and computer equipment in the world. But truly to comprehend the growing reach of this formidable organization, it is necessary to recall once again how the computers that power the N.S.A. are also gradually changing lives of Americans – the way they bank, obtain benefits from the Government and communicate with family and friends. Every day, in almost every area of culture and commerce, systems and procedures are being adopted by private companies and organizations as well as by the nation’s security leaders that make it easier for the N.S.A. to dominate American society should it ever decide such action is necessary.

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