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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The privacy crisis

Here's Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project in a recent interview aired on Bill Moyers:

"But I do think that there is pushback. There is bipartisan pushback. This is an issue that is at least as important to people on the libertarian right as it is to people on the liberal left. There is this fundamentally American notion of being left alone unless you do something wrong that is jeopardized by dragnet surveillance, which captures information on everyone, in case we might do something wrong."
We can only hope that it's not too late for the American people to take back at least enough privacy from the surveillance state to be able to have any meaningful say in their own government. At least the Snowden revelations have awoken many citizens to the fact that they have lost the rights they thought were guaranteed by the 4th amendment.


mlee33 said...

Thanks for this, Ulysses! Sadly our first amendment rights to think and write freely are also39 diminished every day. The MSM is rapidly devolving into corporate and regime propagandists.

Describing the NYT smear job against Prof. Cohen, Dan McAdams writes:
"But this is the smear that each of us who opposes the latest war plan of the empire faces. Professor Cohen, a renowned scholar and author of 40 years is simply in the pay of Putin if he dissents from the New York Times and Washington Post’s war cries. Oppose US arming of jihadists in Syria? Assad apologist. Against bombing Iraq? Saddam lover. Skeptical of the democratizing effects of flattening Libya? Gaddafi agent.
This is the state of intellectual decay in America. And it does not start in the streets, in the pubs, among the uneducated. It starts in the New York Times. It starts among the elites in the media. The vanguard of the propaganda classes."

dbshotz said...

You hit the nail on the head, Ulysses. Thanks for posting!!