Irate NSA Staffer Doesn’t Like Being Filmed in Public, for Some Reason

Featured photo - Irate NSA Staffer Doesn’t Like Being Filmed in Public, for Some ReasonThe Intercept – by John Cook

The NSA sent someone bearing the nametag “Neal Z.” to the University of New Mexico’s Engineering and Science Career Fair today, in the hopes of recruiting young computer geniuses to help manage the yottabytes of datait is collecting about you. But instead of eager young applicants, Mr. Z. encountered University of New Mexico alumnus Andy Beale and student Sean Potter, who took the rare opportunity of being in the room with a genuine NSA agent to ask him about his employer’s illegal collection of metadata on all Americans. Mr. Z. did not like that one bit.

In two videos posted on YouTube—each shot from a slightly different perspective—you can watch Beale politely question Mr. Z. about NSA programs, and watch Mr. Z. attempt to parry those queries with blatant falsehoods like, ”NSA is not permitted to track or collect intelligence on U.S. persons.” As Beale continues to attempt to engage the recruiter on the legality of the NSA’s mass surveillance initiatives, Mr. Z. becomes increasingly angry, calling him a “heckler,” saying, ”You do not know what you’re talking about,” and warning, “If you don’t leave soon, I’m going to call university security to get you out of my face.”

After a few minutes of back-and-forth, Mr. Z announces, “You’re done,” and attempts to grab the phone that Potter had been using to film the encounter, literally at the very moment he says, “I’m not touching your phone.” Beale and Potter were later ejected from the facility by campus police for “causing a disturbance,” though their on-camera behavior is unfailingly quiet and civil. The officers declined to act on their complaint that Mr. Z’s phone grab constituted assault. The videos are below, judge for yourself. And be careful if you catch an NSA staffer in the wild, they’re wound pretty tightly these days.

11 thoughts on “Irate NSA Staffer Doesn’t Like Being Filmed in Public, for Some Reason

  1. I am gonna go with “zuckerberg” or something else really jooy sounding that starts with a z for $500, Alex!

    This guy should hide his face. He knows he is the enemy

  2. This NSA guy kept saying that FISA courts gives the NSA permission and power to do what they do. FISA courts are UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!! That’s all the students had to say to win the argument. Show me where in the Constitution that says that private, confidential courts can be set up. If anything, it says the exact opposite.

    And this little weasel security guy wannabe is making up weaselly excuses about why it is not appropriate to do what they are doing. Well then, WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE SINCE THE BASTARDS NEVER WANT TO SETUP A TIME TO DO IT IN PUBLIC, DUMBASS!!??

    And by the way, that fat ass with him doesn’t even look like he has a brain in his head. He wouldn’t know what is going on if it hit him in the face.

  3. He says, “The NSA is not permitted to track or collect intelligence on US persons”? Wow. Could have fooled me. I wonder how long it took him to remember that script and how many times he has to recite that a day in public? He probably says it so many times that he eventually believes it.

    This guy is your typical NSA weasel. Just look at him. Get in his face and he starts whining like a baby.

  4. To bad the NSA employees haven’t learned one of the basic lessons of life which is you can’t have it both ways, at least not for long.

    Many of the NSA scoundrels feel confident, boisterous, and very proud of themselves when they share naked pictures of unsuspecting American citizens among themselves, but they shriek like little mice when any light begins to expose them and their activities.

    The NSA are cowards who follow after the prince of cowards being James Clapper.

  5. Kind reminds me of the SWAT team members that all ar masks because they too know that they are criminals and working for a criminal enterprise! That mask indicates how proud of their actions that they are.

  6. “And be careful if you catch an NSA staffer in the wild, they’re wound pretty tightly these days.”

    If one does catch them “in the wild”, is it open season, and if so, is there any limit?

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