“NSA head says agency working to reduce leaks by replacing people with machines”
This brings to mind a spirited exchange from one of the 80s most endearingly optimistic anti-war movies:
McKittrick: General, the machine has locked us out. It’s sending random numbers to the silos.
Pat Healy: Codes. To launch the missiles.
General Beringer: Just unplug the goddamn thing! Jesus Christ!
McKittrick: That won’t work, General. It would interpret a shutdown as the destruction of NORAD. The computers in the silos would carry out their last instructions. They’d launch.
General Beringer: Can’t we disarm the missiles?
Pat Healy: Over a thousand of them? There’s no time. At this rate it will hit the launch codes in… 5.3 minutes.
General Beringer: [smiles sarcastically at McKittrick] Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I’ve come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.
McKittrick: I don’t have to take that, you pig-eyed sack of shit.
General Beringer: Oh, I was hoping for something a little better than that from you, sir. A man of your education.
See, the problem isn’t the spying on Americans and their phone calls and emails, etc — or even the whistleblowers that occasionally go along with the spying. Instead, it’s the problem of whistleblowing itself, which could never happen if we simply take the men and women out of the loop.
What could possibly go wrong?