Driving Blind: I Spy
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
As Mark pointed out earlier today, the U.S. government has been collecting phone records from Verizon and scouring them for meta data because it’s the only way to protect the homeland. Here are some links you might want to check out to edify yourself.
The original story at the Guardian by Glenn Greenwald et al.
A running list of who’s defending the government and its approach.
A list of some of the Democrats sheepishly calling for hearings to investigate, because what’s really allowing this to continue is a lack of information.
Verizon’s campaign to try and place all the blame for breaching customers’ trust, on the government.
What all this information means for a Verizon subscriber.
Amy Davidson details just what exactly is so troubling about the court order the government received.
Andrew Cohen on the lack of accountability, “The judiciary defers to the legislature. The legislature defers to the executive. And the executive says it’s implementing what the lawmakers and the judges decided.”
Al Gore calling the surveillance “obscenely outrageous.”
Ron Fournier with a compare and contrast on President Obama and former President George W. Bush.
The U.S. government’s response to the leaked story.
And why despite all of this the real scandal might be that anyone is surprised.