I remember when discussion over the Patriot Act started making the rounds after 9/11, and one thought came to my mind: This is gonna lead to a mess.
Sure enough …
Here we are, all these years later, and we have a mess on our hands with Edward Snowden revealing to the world the steps that have been taken to try and keep tabs on terrorists, even if it involves keeping tabs on law-abiding citizens’ phone records and other electronic communication.
Yes, it’s a mess. But if you didn’t anticipate this as soon as the words “Patriot Act” started floating around years ago, you weren’t giving it very deep thought.
Now, we have another scandal on our hands. People are conflicted over whether NSA surveillance and the steps that have been taken are a good thing or a bad thing, whether they’re being strong in standing up to terrorism or infringing on basic freedoms.
It’s even gotten to the point where one person can become deeply conflicted. For example, there’s Sean Hannity.
- Civil Liberties Groups Are Ganging Up on NSA, All the Way to the Legal Limit (theatlanticwire.com)
- Lawmakers turn their attention to the Patriot Act following NSA revelations (blacklistednews.com)
- RussiaToday: ‘NSA ‘bamboozling’ lawmakers for access to Americans’ private data’ – agency veteran (silveristhenew.com)
- NSA is wrong, not evil (erratasec.blogspot.com)
- ACLU Files Suit Against NSA, Patriot Act Phone Surveillance (washington.cbslocal.com)
- US lawmakers call for review of Patriot Act after NSA surveillance revelations (guardian.co.uk)
- Bernie Sanders on the Patriot Act: ‘What I said turned out to be exactly true’ (rawstory.com)
- ACLU challenges NSA surveillance measures (jurist.org)