There's just nothing about this story that's going to make you feel good. Sorry.
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As we come to this Fourth of July, some citizens are up in arms over what some might call another "long train of abuses and usurpations," as it was originally written in the Declaration. I'm speaking, of course, about the NSA/PRISM stink.
Dear Mr. President: now might not be the best time to say you were pawing through records of my email addresses
After spending weeks reading about the NSA mess, getting a note from the President's fundraising team telling me they were looking at records associated with my email address just raised the hairs on the back of my neck.
So here we are, another week gone by in NSA leak land. Are you suffering from NSA weariness? We have more NSA coverage, some brutal words about a nation of fraidy cats, and lots of gov news from across the ponds.
Data collection, regardless of who is doing it, is a potentially dangerous genie when let out of the bottle.
There's nothing more fun than government news, and nothing that puts humanity's foibles in clearer light. This week, the NSA story continues, we gently mock those wearing tin foil hats, Google's Street View is once again in view, and all around the world, governments are keeping us entertained (and worried).
The time has come for a Cyber Bill of Rights — a clear, concise, powerful, understandable, and relevant governance guide to our modern age.
The ongoing chaos that is the NSA story continues. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook try to get permission to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That doesn't work out so well, and all we get are aggregated numbers and more aggravation.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there's been a whole lot of news about the NSA spying on regular Americans. It's a long and winding story, and our team has been covering it end-to-end.
Freedom vs. security. It's a challenge as old as the nation. It's a great paradox, perhaps the greatest paradox in the history of civilization. How do we retain our privacy and our freedom while still defending against horrific threats?