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  •  Perhaps we need a "People's Privacy Advocate" (9+ / 0-)

    staffed with experts from the ACLU to provide an adversarial component to every request for a search by the NSA?

    Here's the thing:  We're giving "terrahists" far far too much power over our lives.

    Are there terrahists in existence? Yes.
    Are they really much of a threat to the USA? No.

    What is a threat?  China (nukes and expanding navy), Russia (nukes), LooneyTunes North Korea (nukes), Pakistan (nukes), etc, etc, etc.

    Those nations - nations - have the capability to seriously damage or destroy the USA (or will).  That's where we need to focus.

    Trying to find the one guy who has a thermos full of nails and gunpowder, so you have to strip search everyone in the nation, is just insane on its face.  And yet, that's what the NSA is trying to do:  Analyze the patterns of EVERYONE and determine who the bad apples are.

    That is not freedom. There is no liberty involved in a society like that.

    Because at any time, it might turn from looking for wacko bombers to political activists, political enemies, Wall Street protesters, foreclosure protesters, oligarchy protesters, etc.  A system like that has the potential for horrific uses.

    It is a turn-key fascist state system. All it takes is the wrong person to be elected or gain control over the information.  Would we trust "W" with that information? Rove?  What about Romney?  Or Rand Paul?

    It's a horrific system and it needs to be shut down at the core. Boom, shut completely down.  Or the Constitution is basically just gone. Poof.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 11:47:18 AM PDT

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    •  Hmm... Is there such a thing for a normal search (1+ / 0-)
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      warrant?  I didn't think that there was.  I think in a normal case, the police present evidence to a judge requesting a search warrant, and the judge agrees or disagrees, without hearing any adversarial argument that the warrant should not be issued.

      As to the rest of your comment
      1. None of China, Russia, NK, Pakistan have attacked us in recent years.  Al Queda has, multiple times.

      2. I haven't felt any oppression. There's not a single email message, phone call, text message, or message board post that I've altered for fear of an NSA spook getting hold of it.  I'm sure that there are others that have indeed felt some sort of oppression due to that, but then again, there are people that feel oppressed by environmental laws, OSHA, taxes, etc.

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