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5 Reasons NSA Is Not All That Evil, Actually

There's been a lot of ink spilled over the National Security Agency's efforts to safeguard the nation. But how 'out of control' is it, really?

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1. This is Sgt. Jerry Wooters, who is played by Ryan Gosling and based on a real person during a real period of real American history--namely, the 1940s and 1950s.

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Sure, a movie, based on real events that really happened. Law enforcement agencies--and the military--have been pushing the boundaries ever since.

2. But Rob, that's a MOVIE.

Yes, yes it is. A movie about a special unit with law enforcement ties, with a special mandate, specialized skills, specialized capabilities and leadership with the requisite amount of political cachet to do whatever is required to deliver. Sound familiar?

4. Well, I want NSA disbanded! The intelligence community shouldn't be datamining, stockpiling, spying or being proactive for any reason! Stop this spying madness immediately!

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