I kind of thought that was the definition of justiceSimply saying "well he broke the law and should be arrested" is not only an indifference to justice,
except no intentional violations have been shown except in a dozen cases over 10 years where all perpetrators were punished or resigned.but a mandate to excuse the U.S government of using the law to shut up it's workers in order to break the law.
except the law explicitly allows whistleblowers and prohibits reprisals.It is a foul excuse to deprive the liberty of somebody who has exposed unconstitutional activities (stop assuming we are talking about Snowden, this is a hypothetical discussion about whistle blowing illegal and/or unconstitutional US activities in general).
SurveillanceI'm not sure I understand the grammar of this quote. Are you asking me how the mass surveillance of the general populace is an invasion of privacy?
1. a watch kept over a person, group, etc., especially over a suspect, prisoner, or the like: The suspects were under police surveillance.
2. supervision or superintendence.
Surveillance | Define Surveillance at Dictionary.com
I'm not aware of any "mass surveillance." A database that requires pre-approval and has restricted access and can only reveal an visual's identity with an specific warrant is not surveillance (or do you consider a phone book "mass surveillance" too?) And access to emails of specific foreign targets overseas is hardly mass surveillance.
Nope.Pinqy, are you suggesting that terrorists had no clue that there phone calls and emails were being intercepted prior to these leaks?
How exactly have your liberties been deprived? Again, are you that arrogant to think anyone at any of the 16 intelligence agencies knows anything about you? And apparently the Brazilians and Germans, at least weren't't aware we were spying on them (which is neither illegal nor unconstitutional). And the terrorists may not have been aware of the scope or methods.The only thing terrorists have learnt from this is that they can tick one box off their Jihadist to-do list, that being: "scare the US into depriving everybody of their liberties as we do our own people". Well done intelligence services. One point to theocratic bullying.
So you are that arrogant. American phone calls are not stored. I don't actually remember exactly how the prism database works, but if memory serves only foreign emails are collected in the first place.It's going to take a lot more than "the government isn't going to bother looking at your phone calls and emails but collect them and store them for as long as they want" to assure me of anything.
Not being paranoid is not blind faith. I've read the transcripts of the various hearings. There is plenty of protection and oversight.I think recent events should have taught you by now that this kind of blind faith and trust in your government is misplaced.
Actually, it kind of is...you've been complaining of the 4th ammendment being raped and loss of liberty, but if not yours, then whose? Who exactly has had their rights violated or liberty taken?Not that them looking at my data is the point, is it?
Seriously? You believe they have that much time, money, and people to sort through all the information on the planet? That's idiotic.It's blanket surveillance, they don't care about targeting specific people. They just harvest data and see what they get.