pjbogart wrote:Rather than spinning around in circles trying to point out why Democrats are probably more to blame than Republicans, couldn't we just figure out why in the hell no one in government seems to think this is a problem?
While I was
being coy, you've completely misread me. I *am* saying Democrats have been too ready to just look the other way with this administration. Personally in this case I'm able to say I'm disliking this president for exact same reason I disliked the former.
Is that wrong?
Yes, because I suspect that your dislike of the former administration is a convenient charade. While he was in office you were a big fan. But since he can't run again and you have no need to prop him up, you can take a few swipes at him to seem more moderate, but no one here actually believes that you're a moderate, despite your valiant protestations.
But all of that is irrelevant assuming that you actually want to talk about the wisdom of NSA data mining. I take it that you're not a fan, and given that hindsight is 20/20, you weren't a fan in 2005 either. But surely you don't feel that all data collection is unconstitutional. Is your frustration that your
data has been mined? Do you have any reason to believe that human eyes, as opposed to computers filtering vast amounts of data, have been looking at your phone, text or internet records? Data storage has come a long way in the past 12 years, so perhaps all of your information is being held hostage somewhere. Should we ban the surveillance or ban the storage? If we banned the storage, should we trust that the data is actually being discarded?
I think this issue deserves some serious thought, and I doubt very much that any of the ideas posed on TDPF will make their way to the halls of the NSA and affect any real changes, but it may help us sort out our feelings on security, privacy and government in general. Then again, we could just use this as an opportunity to throw shit at the wall and see if anything sticks.