Monday, June 10, 2013

John Judis - NSA snooping scandal reveals our Constitutional amnesia | New Republic

John Judis - a long time social democratic activist -  is skeptical about the President's assurances on the NSA surveillance programs.  He was editor of Radical America - a very sensible journal of the 60's and 70's.  Now with the New Republic, he is a well-regarded editor/commentator. As one with an FBI file of his own, I share Judis's  doubts. - gwc

NSA snooping scandal reveals our Constitutional amnesia | New Republic:
by John Judis
President Barack Obama has assured us that we need not be worried about the National Security Agency listening to our phone calls or monitoring our Internet use. The NSA’s programs, he said, represent “modest encroachments on privacy” that are “worth us doing” to protect the country from terrorists. Count me among those who are not reassured by Obama’s statement. I know better—from my schoolboy knowledge of the Constitution and from my own experience during the '60s with unwarranted government surveillance.   I don’t usually like to base moral judgments on what the Constitution does or does not allow, but in this case, it makes sense to do so. 
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