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Friday, January 17, 2014

Tell me again why Greenwald isn't part of this debate....

Glenn Greenwald tweeted, in response to Obama's NSA speech:

"Store all citizens' communications records" is a radical policy. But it's been transformed to normal- only allowed debate is: who holds it?

"Only allowed debate"? How about: "only debate: period?" As I've pointed out before, we've known since the 1960's that the phone company was keeping records on us. We accepted that, even after the Supreme Court said such "metadata" was not protected by any reasonable expectation of privacy, as the cost of the convenience of telecommunications. "Who holds it" is not the only allowed debate: it's the only debate possible.

Storing such communications is a radical policy? Why? Somebody's going to; should I feel more comfortable that Verizon and AT&T and T-Mobile are doing it, than that NSA is? Or Google, for that matter?

Why, exactly?


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