When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Americans must never make the mistake of wholly 'trusting' our public officials"

Bad week for the NSA, first the Court ruling declaring NSA practices likely unconstitutional. Then the day after Obama met with tech leaders for two and half hours (solely about the NSA), the White House releases the Report, and having read it, here's a money quote:

Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence  and Communications Technologies --

“Americans must never make the mistake of wholly “trusting” our public officials. As the Church Committee observed more than 35 years ago, when the capacity of government to collect massive amounts of data about individual Americans was still in its infancy, the “massive centralization of . . . information creates a temptation to use it for improper purposes, threatens to ‘chill’ the exercise of First Amendment rights, and is inimical to the privacy of citizens.” ( p. 116) (read more at the link above)

If I were with the NSA (or CBS News), I would be looking for a rock to crawl under.


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