Remember the distinction between government and Amazon or Google, the state can kick in your door and arrest you. Power requires more scrutiny. Regardless of the FISA court getting around the 4th amendment, the fact remains that many in power use the rhetoric of terrorism to describe any who disagree with them. This NSA program seems like giving matches to pyromaniacs who say they will “be good” this time.
This would be a slippery slope argument if we didn’t have experience with this happening. I wonder what danger Martin Luther King posed to the state to justify spying on him. What did they think they would find?
A diversionary personal attack.
Many Americans have now read the 4th amendment which, as written, has been or sure seems to be violated.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
I know this issue can’t be black and white but the good brought about by Snowden’s leak may outweigh any harm. It remains to be seen.
I guess a linguist must have been a threat. too
For perspective let’s remember that 9/11 and guys with box cutters got extrapolated into nuclear holocaust. The whole Iraq fraud and failure was built on “intelligence.” These people are not the ones to be their own quality control and oversight. As I understand the facts about 15x the number of people die of a MRSA staph infection every year than died in 9/11.
Can you imagine the kind of schools or infrastructure we could fund with what gets dumped into the kind of “intelligence” that led to the Iraq war?
What kind of craven mass have Americans become that we need to think we are protected from every banana peal we can slip on regarding terrorism. We are at far more risk driving down the highway. I am not saying we shouldn’t be smart about watching terrorists, but I dislike this “daddy daddy please save us from the bad men, I’ll leave my bedroom door open so you can see everything. Here’s my bottom.