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  •  Perhaps its time to reconsider whole intel world (9+ / 0-)

    These agencies were set up in the mist of the Cold War; we live in a different world now.

    Technological change, making it increasingly possible to collect and store everything, is dramatically shifting power relations between citizens and their governments.

    At the same time, people are conducting more of their lives electronically, and still expect a certain level of privacy. Technology has allowed the government to unilaterally change the social contract with the governed. Now the extent of that change is coming to light and citizens aren't very comfortable with it.

    And then there is the international relations portion of the debate. Is the fact that we've always spied on other countries (and vice versa) a sufficient justification for continuing to do so? And in a globalized world, where people from different nations increasingly interact with one another, perhaps U.S. citizens (and people around the world) no longer view all things foreign as suspicious.

    It also gets at the issue of democracy in the information age. Increasingly educated citizens no longer accept the idea that information needs to be kept from them for their own good.

    I'm not saying intelligence is no longer necessary. However, the way it is carried out and the amount of information provided to the public needs to be debated.

    "Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine." -Paul Wellstone

    by WellstoneDem on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 11:17:34 AM PDT

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