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They knew!

But wasn't it obvious?

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#53 - Weirdozzy (09/30/2013) [-]
Simpsons always do it first
Simpsons always do it first
#52 - Polomaster (09/30/2013) [-]
you know what I find funny, the fact that for the majority of my life (20 years or so) the average american citizen knew or at least suspected that their government spied on them and their interactions. But it wasn't until the media decided to make a big stink out of it that everyone started freaking out...

its like living in a house with spiders, you know they are there but you don't care, and then suddenly someone says " **** you have a spider problem" and you run around screaming like a chicken with their head cut off... it just doesn't make sense...

so basically I am more annoyed with the average citizen then the NSA... but that does not mean that I enjoy the fact that some government employee somewhere is getting off to my porn stash...

also I enjoy getting up on my soap box since I rarely get to do it anymore, so I hoped you enjoyed my little rant
User avatar #50 - roflcopterkklol **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
The Truthseeker: US civil war is coming (E22)
User avatar #49 - cazabrow ONLINE (09/30/2013) [-]
Key and Peele: Obama on Spying

This'll clear things up.
#40 - gerfox ONLINE (09/30/2013) [-]
Did you know that in East Germany 1 out of every 16 (or 21, not sure) inhabitants were on the Stasi payroll, providing information about any anti-Communist activities.
User avatar #45 to #40 - suckittrebek (09/30/2013) [-]
As I recalled, it was 1 in 6 :/
#48 to #45 - gerfox ONLINE (09/30/2013) [-]
You are right:

"The Stasi employed one full-time agent for every 166 East Germans. The ratios swelled when informers were factored in: counting part-time informers, the Stasi had one informer per 6.5 people. By comparison, the Gestapo employed one secret policeman per 2,000 people. This comparison led Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal to call the Stasi even more oppressive than the Gestapo.[27] Additionally, Stasi agents infiltrated and undermined West Germany's government and spy agencies." - Excerpt from Wikipedia

Think about it. You go to class, there are 30 people in the classroom. 5 of them are Stasi informers.

You sit on a bus with 12 people, statistically two of them are Stasi informers.
User avatar #54 to #48 - suckittrebek (09/30/2013) [-]
but.. The informers were everyday people, like you and me..
And some of the reports they made were ******* dull..
Like.. 15:47 - subject arrives at home after work..
22:25 - lights out..

So.. Can you find out how long the Stasi-archive was?
I think the file cabinets were several km long (if put together, of course)
#55 to #54 - gerfox ONLINE (09/30/2013) [-]
I know they were immense - and that scientists hasn't completed searching through them yet.

Yeah, the informers were everyday people - but that's what makes it so fkin scary. The informer operation was so big that they even spied on their own without knowing.
#46 to #45 - gerfox ONLINE (09/30/2013) [-]
I might be mistaken, didn't want to exaggerate!

Anyway, it's TOO DAMN HIGH!
#38 - extremezone (09/30/2013) [-]
I actually don't give a **** . Only people that have something to hide need to be afraid. They will be disgusted about my internet history and will probably puke a few times but that's about it..
#37 - zorach (09/30/2013) [-]
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User avatar #36 - lawander **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
But then,
who was the freedom?
#35 - nephritho (09/30/2013) [-]
Gee it's not like we knew that the governments spy on their people since they founded the USA.
I mean the whole idea for founding the USA was by slave owners that wanted to be free.
#33 - Aejax (09/30/2013) [-]
User avatar #31 - spacecase (09/30/2013) [-]
We all knew.............we just didn't react.

User avatar #30 - completeaddiction **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
Seriously guys, how is it not obvious that the government does that stuff? I'd feel really sad if Edward Snowden "blew your minds" with that leak.
#25 - roflcopterkklol **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
Toot toot all aboard the freedom express
#19 - mexicandudeinsd (09/30/2013) [-]
we didnt listen....WE DIDNT LISTEN!!!
#39 to #19 - anonymous (09/30/2013) [-]
And now they are
#18 - jdubbs (09/30/2013) [-]
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#17 - wishanonscouldpost (09/30/2013) [-]
Do people not realize that this was a conspiracy theory since 2001?

It just turned out to be true.
#16 - karlthemarxist **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
Simpsons did it.
#24 to #16 - askinnywhiteboy **User deleted account** has deleted their comment [-]
User avatar #32 to #24 - andrewjla (09/30/2013) [-]
I just watched that episode tonight. btw, we should all go t the DMV, hallelujah!
#12 - include **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
It'll be hard to explain to them when they see my internet history.
It'll be hard to explain to them when they see my internet history.
#34 to #12 - ifsaz **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
You always learn math from internet don't you.   
Gif unrelated.
You always learn math from internet don't you.
Gif unrelated.
User avatar #29 to #12 - wrocky (09/30/2013) [-]
inb4 every other edgy
User avatar #13 to #12 - upyourarsinal (09/30/2013) [-]
"it's not what you think"
#15 to #13 - include **User deleted account** (09/30/2013) [-]
uhh...I can explain.
User avatar #10 - psykobear (09/30/2013) [-]
Probably because it's not a new concept
User avatar #9 - secretdestroyers (09/29/2013) [-]
NSA had been doing that **** throughout the Bush years too. It's also been around since the the 1950s, and I'm pretty sure they were tapping people's phones for almost that amount of time.

At least since the Reagan years. I met a bloke who used to work for the NSA in the 80s and quit for that exact reason, he just didn't feel the need to pull an Edward Snowden.
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