Like Adrastos, I’ve got mixed emotions about the spying scandal. Like any sane person, I’m not at all thrilled that the NSA or any government entity is, was, or will be combing through pretty much every and any bit (or byte) of non-encrypted communication.On the other hand, I guess my attitude is…why is anyone surprised? Most communication protocols are not designed for privacy (though if you ARE concerned, you can make your own communications difficult to intercept…oh, and the terrorists already know that), previous monitoring particularly of liberal/left/progressive groups is a matter of public record…and clowns like Sean Hannity had no problem sacrificing their liberty for security when Shrub was prancing around in a flight suit (and Dick was securely undisclosed).
Like it or not, we live in a modern national security state, we have for some time, and we might as well get used to it. True, it is disappointing that Obama hasn’t at least made a statement, say, along the lines of shutting it down like Guantanamo, but even if he did, there’s no way they actually WOULD shut it all down. It’s too easy to collect the data…and too easy to persuade a Congress with people like Lindsay Graham to provide the funds…
In the meantime — is it just me, or DOES Snowden bear at least a passing resemblence to Jay Carney?