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  •  Citizens as conspirators. (0+ / 0-)
    A government that views its citizens as actual or potential conspirators does not, cannot govern by means of the consent of those governed, because a population that cannot be trusted with privacy lacks the “maturity” to consent. It is a nation of irresponsible adolescents who cannot be allowed to lock their bedroom doors. But governance by consent of those governed is the basic assumption of a modern liberal democracy.

    -- We are just regular people informed on issues

    by mike101 on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 03:39:38 PM PST

    •  The nature of public discourse has changed (0+ / 0-)

      so its all good if one remembers that anything you email, blog, tweet or text is no more private that anything you say when you walk down the street.  

      You and I have agreed to surrender our privacy to our internet and phone providers and most employers require a similar waiver for work phone  and internet use.  

      So that would seem to cover consent.

      Bless me Founding fathers for I have sinned but, the sanctity of the confessional doesn't apply to Verizon, Comcast et al.  

      Most of what people say, email, text and tweet is pretty damned droll.  And it isn't like there is an army of Hyram Q Busybodies reading and Puritanically dissaproving of each and every venal thing folks thought other folks might find out about them.  

      It worries me  more that the NSA didn't vet its hires better than it did with Snowden.  

      "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

      by jakewaters on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 04:11:26 PM PST

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      •  Oh I totally agree, there's (1+ / 0-)
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        nothing we can do about it. It's a new age with restored power relations.

        -- We are just regular people informed on issues

        by mike101 on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 04:28:24 PM PST

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        •  Don't know about that. Seems like the same old (0+ / 0-)

          same old with fancier gadgets.  

          Snowden was Alro's Last guy,methinks the  trouble was he didn't bum a dime, he took off with the corporate intellectual property.

          "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

          by jakewaters on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 04:34:45 PM PST

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