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The Not So Blind Eye

nsa.jpgThis is a guest post by The Urban Blabbermouth. Comments are welcome!









I suppose that the NSA, to be good at their job as a spying group, is expected to lie to somebody, and that we, the citizenry, have no exemption.

"The NSA and Its “Compliance Problems”
  by Ben O'Neill. 
http://mises.org/daily/6517/The-NSA-and-Its-Compliance-Problems
  
You do not have to read the article unless the NSA spyininterests you.  But, you must read the opening paragraphs quoted below.  Then go out and visit any one of your town government's operations.  Notice how close your town shares the NSA's "compliance problems."  

One of the core principles of good governance in society is the idea that the authority of law ought to prevail over the brute power of people — i.e., that society should operate under the rule of law, not the rule of men. Aristotle wrote that “[t]he law ought to be supreme over all ...” and argued that ... where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up.” The principle has many important ramifications for society, but the most important is the view that government agents and agencies must be bound by the same law as their subjects.
This principle is of great relevance in the present NSA scandals, especially in light of recent NSA admissions of “compliance problems” with the legal constraints that are supposed to operate on the agency. For ordinary citizens, “compliance problems” with the law are better known as “crimes” (or possibly civil wrongs) and these lead to judgment debts, fines, and possibly even jail time, depending on the severity of the lack-of-compliance. But for government officials such notions are irrelevant — legal compliance problems are just something you file a report about, and send to another bureaucrat higher up in the government chain, so that he can bury it on his desk.

Comments

Vol-E said…
With the technology we have today, reversing course on how much information the government can gather from its citizens is like trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Someone will be gathering data, regardless of which entity declares it improper. It's what's DONE with the data (if anything) that we might still have some say about.
The Urban Blabbermouth said…
Agreed. We already know that there are bad people, mostly criminal types, out there and they will use this data to their evil ends and there is no way to stop them. It scares me but that is the price of freedom.

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