From my comments yesterday — observations about the world of peeping and prying in which we find ourselves — you might have inferred that I believe various spy encroachments on our lives are acceptable, are just and judicious, and ought not to be complained of.
It is, all of it, an intrusion into our lives which no civilized society ought to be forced to endure. It violates a basic element in anything like “a universal code of human rights.” It gives — and even more significantly demonstrates — unreasonable power, to and of governments and their co-conspiratorial agencies and contractors.
And there’s the rub.
We do not — even in the land of the free and the home of the brave — inhabit a civilized society. If not absolutely dog eat dog, it still is a world whose teeth and claws show red. We need protection from dangers, within and without. In order “to insure domestic tranquility, to provide for the common defense” it has become a legitimate function of government — unwelcome but essential —
to identify and neutralize dangers before they strike.
The lesson is not that governments spy, and we need to prevent it; the lesson is that governments spy, and we have choices:
My choice is to tolerate, because different issues remain, equally or even more important, which we may — by objecting and voting — be able to affect.
* Climate Change
* Poverty <— Distribution of Wealth
* Women’s Rights
You will think of others.