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The Guardian revealed Wednesday that the NSA has been collecting Verizon customers' phone records. George Orwell's 1984 was published 64 years ago this week.

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  1. 1. "Telephony metadata"

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    Another word for the information the Orwellian government is secretly collecting from its citizens' phone records.
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    Another word for the information the Obama administration is secretly collecting from its citizens' phone records.
  2. 2. "Teledep"

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    The department in Orwell's "1984" that is in charge of re-writing history through media.
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    The department in the Obama administration that is responsible for getting intelligence from telephone calls.
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    Orwell

    Teledep is short for The Teleprograms Department of the Ministry of Truth.

  3. 3. "The Custodian of Records"

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    The figure in Orwell's "1984" in charge of cleaning up all media to erase any hint of government wrong doing.
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    The figure in the Obama administration who provides electronic phone records to the National Security Agency.
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    Obama

    "The Custodian of Records shall produce to the National Security Agency (NSA) upon service of this Order, and continue production on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this Order, unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an electronic copy of the following tangible things: all call detail records or "telephony metadata" created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls." via The Guardian

  4. 4. "Data-mining"

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    The Orwellian practice of searching citizens' data for national security.
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    The Obama administration searching through its citizens' data for national security.
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    Obama

    "The request for the bulk collection of all Verizon domestic telephone records indicates that the agency [NSA] is continuing some version of the data-mining program begun by the Bush administration in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack." - The Guardian

  5. 5. "Newspeak"

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    The propagandist language of the Orwellian universe marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings.
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    The propagandist language of the Obama administration marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings.
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    Orwell

    Via Merriam-Webster

  6. 6. "Upsub"

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    The Orwellian practice of getting authorization from superiors (frequently to change things to conform to party line).
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    The practice of getting authorization from superiors (frequently to change things to conform to party line).
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    Orwell

    "Upsub" is a part of the language of Newspeak.

  7. 7. "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court"

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    The "secret" court in the Orwellian government in charge of surveillance initiatives that are deemed important to national security and intelligence.
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    The "secret" court in the Obama administration in charge of surveillance warrants for things that are deemed important to national security and intelligence.
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    Obama

    "The FISC oversees requests for surveillance warrants against suspected foreign intelligence agents inside the United States by federal law enforcement agencies (primarily the F.B.I.). [Enacted in 1978]" Because of the sensitive nature of its business, the FISC is a "secret court": its hearings are closed to the public, and, while records of the proceedings are kept, those records are also not available to the public." via Wikipedia

  8. 8. "Malreported"

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    An adjective to describe the Orwellian practice of dismissing journalist facts as untrue and never admitting the government is wrong.
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    An adjective to describe the Obama administration's practice of dismissing journalist facts as untrue and never admitting the government is wrong.
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    Orwell

    "Malreported - When the Times reports a fact which the government later deemed untrue. You see, the government is never "wrong", the paper merely reported the facts incorrectly. This term was often used in describing newspaper articles that contained references to unpersons, unfulfilled economic projections, or altered government policies." via A glossary of Orwellian terms

  9. 9. "Pornosec"

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    A division of the Orwellian government in charge of producing pornographic content to distract the masses.
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    A secret division of the Obama administration in charge of monitoring your data for terrorist communication disguised as pornographic content.
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    Orwell

    Pornosec is a division of the Fiction Department of the Ministry of Truth that produces pornography for proles (the working class/proletariat).

  10. 10. "Doublethink"

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    A policy of psychological manipulation in the Orwellian universe that is rooted in being able to hold contradicting ideas at the same time.
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    A policy of psychological manipulation in the Obama administration wherein prominent figures say and do contradictory things.
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    Orwell

    While the NSA chief said "‘We’re the only ones not spying on the American people" two weeks ago, there is no word on this kind of practice being official Obama policy.

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