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“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” - Benjamin Franklin
I honestly couldn't agree more. But, maybe that's an extreme viewpoint, in this day and age. For this argument's sake, let's call that quote by one of our Founding Fathers the extreme viewpoint FOR privacy and AGAINST a police state.
And now, for what I would call the extreme viewpoint FOR national security while at the same time being directly AGAINST privacy...
Here is an exert from the recently televised hearing with the House Intelligence Committee on NSA surveillance. Republican Congressman Mike Rogers was interrogating American University College of Law professor Stephen Vladeck. This is the back and forth to highlight:
"Maybe the fact that we haven't had any complaints come forward with any specificity arguing that their privacy has been violated clearly indicates, in ten years that somebody must be doing something exactly right." Mike Rogers offers up to the law professor.
Vladeck rightly asks in return, "But who would be complaining?" And that's when Rogers dropped this piece of knowledge. "Somebody whose privacy was violated. You can't have your privacy violated if you don't know your privacy is violated, right?"
You can't have your privacy violated if you don't know your privacy is violated, right? Right?!? Are you kidding me? This is the honest opinion of the chairman of the House INTELLIGENCE Committee! Say what you want about your personal feelings of where you fall in the extremes of this particular topic. But, are you serious? Does anyone here agree with this statement in any way? If so, can you please explain to me in detail how this is actually true?
Thoughts? Where should our personal privacy rightly end (in your opinion) and the government's national security reach into our personal information rightly begin? My opinion, we need to repeal the Patriot Act and the many other pieces of legislation that have tipped the scales into the wrong direction...
Here's the video of the back and forth between Mike Rogers and Stephen Vladeck: