Remember when phrases like "intelligence gathering" and "national security" conjured up images of James Bond rappelling his way into an inactive volcano, jumping over piranhas, and disarming missiles? As inflated as these fictional spy vs. spy scenarios were, at least there was a thread of humanity to the whole thing.
Today, it's all ones and zeros. It's cyber attacks and data mining. It's banks of computers analyzing questionably begotten e-mails and phone calls. And as boring as it may sound, the scope of it all, along with the coldly calculating computers behind it, … Read more