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  1. Tyrnn

    Tyrnn said, over 3 years ago

    ‘Big O is Watching You’ perhaps.

  2. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Sorry, no Luddites need apply.

  3. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, over 3 years ago

    Conservative pundit David Brooks, in his weekly interchange with Gail Collins, who tends to be liberal:

    “Perhaps, but trade-off-wise I think it is true that, as others have put it, the Obama administration has put more surveillance in place at the same time it has put more internal checks on surveillance in place. Somebody in the White House is at least trying to strike a proper balance.

    This sort of thing is actually one of Obama’s great strengths.

  4. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Reading Godfreydaniel, I agree, he has worked hard to strike a proper balance.
    on one hand you can’t just blab everything security knows, and we do need security, with as many enemies as we have, but we do have to have some internal checks to make sure it doesn’t get into abusing the knowledge.
    For the paranoid this is scary, but it would take 1 on 1 personal surveillance to have the government to read every email, listen to every phone call. I think that was what Obama was trying to say when he said "we are not listening to your calls. there isn’t enough manpower or time to do that.

  5. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago


    Well, that seems reasonable, doesn’t it?

    I think the risk comes when your correspondence has been filtered through the various sorting layers and survives to arrive at the ear of a human.

    I think even an innocuous, casual conversation might get you into trouble in those circs, but by that time the individual risk must be acceptably small. I think the insult comes when you consider the Constitution and civil guarantees which are being violated.

    I also think it is a reckless and grotesque waste of resources, in terms of the returns we are being told are expected. But government has got so corrupt in this country that it’s impossible to tell where the truth ends and the lies begin.

    So, it’s anybody’s guess, really.

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