It seems the NSA has another leaky contractor on its hands, as the WaPo reports. This may be the person responsible for the hacking tools that appeared online in August getting there. Like Snowden, this person works for contractor Booz Allen, Hamilton, which one would think might cause the NSA to ask who these government contractors are actually working for, or not. Gotta keep open the possibility of a nice payday in the private sector doing the same thing you were doing for the government, only without the restrictive pay scale.
There is also the report that Yahoo! adapted its spam filter to scan for a specific "signature" (whatever that is) and " involved the systematic scanning of all Yahoo users’ emails rather than individual accounts." Gee, nothing could go wrong there. It's time to overrule Smith v. Maryland and require the government to get these orders from a regular court and not the FISC monstrosity. And, you know, to let people sue if their rights are violated instead of invoking the state secrets privilege. The fncking gag orders alone are an affront to Democracy and the rule of law. But hey, terrorism.
Speaking of rights violations, the Bush Administration's state sponsored torture program is the gift that keeps on giving. "Jose Rodriguez, who was the head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and John Rizzo, the agency’s former acting general counsel, [must] submit to depositions about a program that used methods widely condemned as torture." Jose Rodriguez, Jose Rodriguez, that name rings a bell for some reason..... Oh. This legacy is a sufficient reason to reject the GOP's occupation of the Executive Branch for the foreseeable future - it's all but written into the party platform and of course enthusiastically supported by their current Presidential nominee. And don't forget Mitt "Double Guantanamo" Romney.