Why shouldn't I work at the NSA? That's a tough one, but I'll give it a shot.

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Why shouldn't I work at the NSA? That's a tough one, but I'll give it a shot.


I had intended to go simply to hear how the NSA is recruiting at a moment when it’s facing severe challenges, what with the Edward Snowden and all. Dismayingly, however, a local high school teacher had thought it was good to bring 5 of his students to the session. They were smartly dressed, some of them even wearing ties as if there might be a job interview, young faces in a classroom of graduate students. They sat across from me at the roundtable. It was really their presence that goaded me–and I think a couple of other students–into an interaction with the recruiters.

Roughly half an hour into the session, the exchange below began. I began by asking them how they understood the term “adversary” since the surveillance seems to be far beyond those the American state classifies as enemies, and their understanding of that ties into the recruiters’ earlier statement that “the globe is our playground.”...

The NSA’s instrumental understanding of language as well as its claustrophobic social world was readily apparent. One of the recruiters discussed how they tend to socialize after work, dressing up in costumes and getting drunk (referenced below). I can imagine that also exerts a lot of social pressure and works as a kind of social closure from which it would be difficult to escape. The last thing I want to point out –once again– their defense seems to be that it’s legal. What is legal is  not just.


Issues Pages: 

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrOZllbNarw]Matt Damon tackles this question[/url]

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Check the thread title, A24!


An old joke that seems apropos given recent news:

Q: How do you apply for a job at the NSA?

A: Next time you phone your mom, casually mention that you're thinking of applying. If they're interested they'll call you in a couple of days.

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

So like how much a year are we talking here? Wink