It's only to keep you safe, why worry?

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Indeed, why worry?
Madmagazine

As the story of the government data mining Verizon's customers gains (and loses) momentum, the various responses (all predictable) are rolling out. "It's Obama's fault", "Bush did it, too", "I don't care as long as it keeps me safe", "they're going after patriotic Americans", blah. blah, blah. My favorite take on this is "well, I've done nothing wrong, so I don't worry--if you haven't done anything wrong, what are you worried about?"

If you haven't broken the law or done anything to raise suspicion, then it's Bobby McFerrin serenade time, right?

No shit?

See "Internment camps, Japanese-Americans, 1942". Or perhaps "Screenwriters, Ball, Lucille, 1952". Or "King, Martin Luther, 1962". Or "National Committee, Democratic, 1972".

Property seized, livelihood destroyed, assassination, election-rigging. And you'll note that of the above, none of the subjects were "doing anything wrong".

Don't your ears get grimy with your head in the sand all damned day?  

 

 

Comments

The dark side of the nanny state.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 9:50 am

that any individual expresses over this is directly proportional to the amount they have to hide.

Anything you wanna tell us, so we don't have to learn it on the 6pm news?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 10:37 am

Last time I looked, American law generally still operated under the concept of a person being presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If there's somebody with something to hide, it'd be "Guest" here who's hiding behind anonymity.

Posted by Peter on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

"Innocent until proven guilty" applies to the criminal justice system AFTER arrest.

That doesn't mean that you won't get investigated. Or that you will make bail.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

Their refusal to acknowledge a potential for things to go horribly wrong is what speaks volumes.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 11:07 am

worse case, it doesn't prevent another 9/11, but then not doing this has already led to the first time.

Or do you mean they instead catch some drug smugglers, money launderers and human traffickers? I can live with that.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

Purchased by China? What could go horribly horribly wrong?

"...Sprint announced Friday that Adm. Mike Mullen would join the company’s board after its proposed $20.1 billion sale to SoftBank of Japan closes.

...Some Congressional leaders have expressed concerned about SoftBank’s ties to Chinese telecommunications equipment makers."

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/admiral-mullen-named-to-sprints-b...

Admiral Mullen Named to Sprint’s Board

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

I see it only as an opportunity, and I learn that from the old Chinese expression about change being opportunity.

Hey, they've been doing this life thing a lot longer than we have. Listen and learn.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

And no I'm not Ed Lee.

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