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Government Surveillance: How Worried Are You?

Friday, June 07, 2013 - 11:11 AM

So the government's tapping vast amounts of internet data and tracking phone calls. How concerned are you?

It's forever a balancing act:  maintaining our privacy and civil liberties versus ensuring the nation's security. 

Where do you come down?

 

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Comments [2]

KS from Brooklyn

My main concern is that even the fact that this is being done was classified. Just by virtue of the fact that it was, I feel I can't trust the government with this power.

Clearly the secrecy wasn't necessary, since they won't drop the program now that it's in the light. So the only reasonable assumption is the government didn't want this publicly discussed, didn't want people to know what was going on to prevent backlash. This is not a good enough reason to classify a program, it's sneaky and deceptive. This makes me uncomfortable and I think it should make everyone uncomfortable.

Jun. 10 2013 11:17 AM
zack from Jersey Shore

Can I just ask... how is this news exactly? Not that it isn't good we know about it and are talking about it. But why are we pretending we didn't already know about this? Wasn't this part of the short debate about the Patriot Act? Also, does no one remember that AT&T immunity case from back in '06? This was all discussed.

I was against it during the Bush admin, I'm against it now. It's worrisome for sure, but it hasn't stopped me from doing my day-to-day.

Jun. 10 2013 10:31 AM

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