The younger generation may tell you “privacy is dead”, but in doing so, they are simply admitting that our society has given up on having any civil rights at all, including the right to have a private conversation, anywhere, at any time, with anyone you like, without being recorded.
I have been reading and watching documentaries about “The Program”, the computer system the NSA operates to allow anyone to spy on everyone, not only in the US, but everyone in the whole world. It’s really scary, especially when you really understand what they’ve done, and what’s at stake.
I don’t blame Edward Snowden for doing what he had to do, reveal this to the public. I want to know about this. He gave up his freedom for people like us, so we could know. The NSA directors and other people who lied to Congress, after swearing to tell the truth, even in the name of national security, they lied, and they should go to jail, immediately, and for a long time, as a warning to others more willing to keep secrets than tell the truth, in our democracy.
The simple fact that they are collecting and recording everything every single person does and says, EVERY person in the entire known interconnected WORLD, you have to admit that was an amazingly bold move, and obviously unconstitutional and illegal. Terrorism or not, they did know, and just didn’t care, that it was illegal and they should never have set it up in the first place. It’s too much power over the entire population of the world.
We rail about the oppressive regimes in Iran and North Korea, but when our own government goes further than anyone has ever gone before, we just wave the flag, raise our beer and shout “Fuck Terrorism! Go ‘Merica’!”. I’m baffled, where are the protests? Why do kids today give up so easily? Did we breed out people who believe in the constitution from the latest generation’s DNA?