By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
It is time for a little perspective on the NSA snooping scandal.
There is no doubt that the information took America by surprise. That is because our leadership has never appropriately explained that this information is being gathered by them.
But in the year 2013 everyone in the US should realize that there is no such thing as privacy. Anytime you go outside you are photographed. Anytime you use a phone or computer hookup you can be tracked.
Not simply by the government ... by thieves and by every person and organization trolling the waves.
If there is anything I can honestly say with 100% certainty it is that there is nothing we do that can be kept private. Today, the only expectation of privacy you have is with your lawyer and in your bedroom, provided there are no electronics on line in either room.
This NSA issue is important, but when looked at dispassionately, it appears that only 300 US lines were targeted. And only 10 people in the NSA are permitted to discuss the information with the FBI.
The United States must monitor terrorists around the world, and when those discussions and/or leads come to the US, they must follow the information and connect the dots.
That is what they did. The fault lies not in doing what must be done, it lies in so poorly explaining what must be done and why.
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