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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fair And Balanced

I think this is a pretty good overview of what the NSA has been doing and why it's problematic.  A lot of what has come out recently is embarrassing rather than illegal.  There are no laws prohibiting us from spying on other countries, even our friends.  Angela Merkel is not protected by the Bill of Rights.

But the problem is not that the NSA is listening in on your phone calls.  They <probably> aren't.  The problem is that we are moving to a place where the NSA feels unfettered by restraints of any kind.

And that's what I got from the above piece.

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