Monday, October 28, 2013

The Snowden Affair

I admit I haven't been studying the details of the current Edward Snowden affair. It seems as though the entire nation is forming a posse to drag this guy in. But it also seems to me that the issue of massive surveillance of telephone conversations and, etc. is something that may be as threatening in the long run or even more threatening that terrorism. The entire herd wants Snowden taken in a tried as a traitor. Honestly, I am not familiar enough with the details to form a strong opinion, at this point, one way or the other. But I am a bit surprised that a herd reaction rising up against the specter of something reminiscent of Orwell's 1984 has not been stronger and more strident. Regardless of the culpability of Mr. Snowden, the everyday hypnotism that is expressed in the acceptance of growing surveillance is disconcerting. Having said that, however, I don't understand the concerns of some people regarding the mounting of cameras at traffic intersection or on street corners that monitor public activity. That type of surveillance is not intrusive and clearly can and has prevented and/or solved serious crime. (originally posted 6/25/13)                                                                                  

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