I'm not in favor of shutting down PRISM. But it is clear that there must be some checks on it. It's going to happen, whether we like it or not. Will the NSA use the metadata to bust people for buying or selling pot? Doubtful. But that's one sort of fear a lot of people have: everybody's got a dirty secret somewhere, and we'd like to think the phone and email are relatively safe ways to talk about it. Metadata mining, like gold mining, is going to happen whether the locals like it or not. The serious discussion we need to be having is what kind of checks can we install to make this activity as compatible as possible with the "privacy" "guaranteed" in the Fourth Amendment.
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 13:45