It’s a frightening thought to think that we’re ready to cede away our freedom … to the paranoia of dumass elected public servants. This New York Times editorial delves into the personal data collection abyss that’s happening in our nation.
EDITORIAL: The New York Times
“A new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll found that a majority of Americans are untroubled by revelations about the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of the phone records of millions of citizens, without any individual suspicion and regardless of any connection to a counterterrorism investigation.
“Perhaps the lack of a broader sense of alarm is not all that surprising when President Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, and intelligence officials insist that such surveillance is crucial to the nation’s antiterrorism efforts.
“But Americans should not be fooled by political leaders putting forward a false choice. The issue is not whether the government should vigorously pursue terrorists. The question is whether the security goals can be achieved by less-intrusive or sweeping means, without trampling on democratic freedoms and basic rights. Far too little has been said on this question by the White House or Congress in their defense of the N.S.A.’s dragnet.
“The surreptitious collection of ‘metadata’ — every bit of information about every phone call except the word-by-word content of conversations — fundamentally alters the relationship between individuals and their government.
“Tracking whom Americans are calling, for how long they speak, and from where, can reveal deeply personal information about an individual.”
The American Civil Liberties Union says: “Today the government is spying on Americans in ways the founders of our country never could have imagined.”