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nodressrehersal
Sep. 6th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Jeez, I wasn't sure I wanted to leave a comment. I'm sure by now you're targeted; if not, I'd be gobsmacked.
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 6th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
And now you're on the list, if you weren't already.

Seriously, though: My biggest problem with the NSA collecting as much data at it can about as many people as it can is this: Once they have their hands on the data, they feel compelled to do something with it: to connect dots, if you will. And our government doesn't exactly have the best record in doing so. People's lives have been ruined, and what recourse do they have against an agency answerable to no one but itself?

People say, "I'm not a terrorist, so I don't have anything to worry about." Well, yes they do. When a government agency decides the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution doesn't apply to its operations, then everyone has cause to be alarmed. And consider the First Amendment issues raised in the article, and in the matter of the information released by Snowden. These are troubling times.
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