The Guardian, which often gives American newspapers a run for their money on big scoops, revealed yesterday that our emails, texts and phone records have been monitored by the U.S. government since 2007. My reaction: I was surprised that people were surprised. In the post-9/11 world, didn’t most Americans express a willingness to give up some privacy for security – or at least the illusion of security?
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote a good column about the balance between privacy and security. CNN also compiled some good columns about the privacy debate.
I’ll leave you with a cynical snippet from the ’80s film version of 1984 (assigned reading back in high school), starring John Hurt. Look at the terror on his face. What could make him so terrified?
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