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  1. JonE

    These are the kind of paranoia and trust issues that evolve when organizations like the gestapo, kgb, and nsa are around. And everybody starts looking at their neighbors wondering whether they can be trusted or maybe even government informants or even government agents.

    It’s crazy.

  2. Seamus McSeamus

    [@AFPhy6]

    This is what I think goes right over the heads of most of the population. So many are more concerned with what the new British Prince’s name will be than with their own government spying on everyone, and how the information gained could be used nefariously.

  3. AFPhy6

    I am not real concerned about the NSA’s spying on ME, HOWEVER, I am seriously concerned about their spying on people who I would otherwise trust to act on my behalf.

    Whether politicians or judges I elect, scientists, newsmen or spokesmen who I rely on for honest information, businessmen who I hope are acting based on the best information for their company — the NSA’s (and IRS’ and who knows what others) surveillance is gathering reams of information that can be used to blackmail those key players and force them (encourage them) to present only the “approved” response. It does discourage people from participating in activities which would be counter to the response “approved” by those in power, but the most immediate problem is this corruption by blackmail.

    This surveillance corrupts everything.