Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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RE: Why is this bad?
by pooo on Fri 7th Jun 2013 17:05 UTC in reply to "Why is this bad?"
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It is incredible how naive people can be (you) and how totally people can forget history (you) and why certain protections were created in the first place (you).

Power *will* be abused. The US constitution specifically prohibits illegal search and seizure because it is a huge opportunity for government abuses. The authors knew this because it was written in a time when this was rampant.

Sometimes when govt has too much power they will use it against their own citizens, then how will you like your lower crime rates? You have to accept that short term minor safety is not worth the total loss of govt oversight because that can easily result in a much worse reduction in your safety.

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