John Stossel is Brilliant
Reason.com prints an opinion piece that I’ll sum up for you.
The NSA is doing stuff that’s terribly intrusive, and it probably doesn’t work at all. But John’s not worried about it, because:
1. Terrorists do want to murder us. If the NSA is halfway competent, Big Data should help detect plots.
2. My electronic privacy has already been utterly shredded by Google, Amazon, YouTube and so on.
Terrorism is scary. Even though he admits he thinks the program doesn’t work (“Government’s claim that it prevents terror is weak: Officials say a terrorist was caught, but New York City police say he was caught via other methods.”), he thinks the NSA should be able to do it anyway. Also, why should we care about privacy, when we don’t have any because corporations have already taken it all away anyway… and corporations… are just like the government?
What we should care about is how much of John’s er, our money the government is wasting, but only on things like the military and social programs… and not on “invasive, probably illegal and maybe useless” programs…?
John, seems to me you’re not a civil libertarian at all. You’re just a tightwad who wants lower taxes.