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The Guardian revealed Wednesday that the NSA has been collecting Verizon customers' phone records. George Orwell's 1984 was published 64 years ago this week.

Posted on June 6, 2013, at 3:38 p.m. ET

  1. 1. "Telephony metadata"

  2. 2. "Teledep"

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    Wrong! 

    Orwell

    Teledep is short for The Teleprograms Department of the Ministry of Truth.

  3. 3. "The Custodian of Records"

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    Wrong! 

    Obama

    "The Custodian of Records shall produce to the National Security Agency (NSA) upon service of this Order, and continue production on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this Order, unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an electronic copy of the following tangible things: all call detail records or "telephony metadata" created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls." via The Guardian

  4. 4. "Data-mining"

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    Obama

    "The request for the bulk collection of all Verizon domestic telephone records indicates that the agency [NSA] is continuing some version of the data-mining program begun by the Bush administration in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack." - The Guardian

  5. 5. "Newspeak"

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    Wrong! 

    Orwell

    Via Merriam-Webster

  6. 6. "Upsub"

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    Wrong! 

    Orwell

    "Upsub" is a part of the language of Newspeak.

  7. 7. "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court"

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    Wrong! 

    Obama

    "The FISC oversees requests for surveillance warrants against suspected foreign intelligence agents inside the United States by federal law enforcement agencies (primarily the F.B.I.). [Enacted in 1978]" Because of the sensitive nature of its business, the FISC is a "secret court": its hearings are closed to the public, and, while records of the proceedings are kept, those records are also not available to the public." via Wikipedia

  8. 8. "Malreported"

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    Wrong! 

    Orwell

    "Malreported - When the Times reports a fact which the government later deemed untrue. You see, the government is never "wrong", the paper merely reported the facts incorrectly. This term was often used in describing newspaper articles that contained references to unpersons, unfulfilled economic projections, or altered government policies." via A glossary of Orwellian terms

  9. 9. "Pornosec"

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    Wrong! 

    Orwell

    Pornosec is a division of the Fiction Department of the Ministry of Truth that produces pornography for proles (the working class/proletariat).

  10. 10. "Doublethink"

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    Wrong! 

    Orwell

    While the NSA chief said "‘We’re the only ones not spying on the American people" two weeks ago, there is no word on this kind of practice being official Obama policy.

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