I’m all for…. ….putting the NSA and the CIA back in their cages, ….taking drones out of the hands of presidents, ….spending tax revenues in wiser ways, ….legalizing marijuana (which, btw, Paul is NOT in favor of doing; see here and here) and ….shrinking our global empire. That does NOT make me a libertarian. It shouldn’t … More Young (and Old) People: Do Not Be Fooled by Rand Paul
After reading the Brennan Center for Justice article, The Third-Party Metadata Idea Is Fourth-Rate, I was struck by what I didn’t read in it. Perhaps I just haven’t seen articles that have covered some of the issues I think about when it comes to data gathering. To be sure, it also seems crazy for me to even … More What’s Missing from the Metadata Debate
See on Scoop.it – DidYouCheckFirst Eight major companies, led by Google and Microsoft, are calling for tighter controls on surveillance of their customers’ data by governments worldwide. Greg Russak‘s insight: The next time we want to complain about government overreach, let’s make sure the conversation includes wholesale collection of data and, like him or not, … More Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users
See on Scoop.it – DidYouCheckFirst Programs such as PRISM begin modestly but turn dangerous when left unchecked. Greg Russak‘s insight: "The threat posed by PRISM and other programs is not what has been done with them but rather what could happen if they are permitted to survive. But this is not simply about the United … More Keeping the NSA in Perspective
What makes one whistleblower a hero and another a traitor? Let’s start by asking Obama’s detractors, especially those who ceaselessly characterize the size and overreach of “big government” as a threat to our democracy. How do you see Snowden? Is he a hero? It doesn’t seem like a real stretch to assume that you’re happy on … More Whistleblowers and Politics; When is a Hero a Traitor and Vice Versa?