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For your own good, citizen

2013-12-18 23:20:00.641597+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

It's okay to keep programs secret from citizens if keeping those programs secret serves the interests of the security state. From the Liberty and Security in a Changing World: 12 December 2013: Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies:

... A program of this magnitude should be kept secret from the American people only if (a) the program serves a compelling governmental interest and (b) the efficacy of the program would be substantially impaired if our enemies were to know of its existence.

[Bold emphasis mine]

Via EFF Statement on President's Review Group's NSA Report and an @trevortimm tweet.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-19 01:01:16.043991+00 by: Dan Lyke

From the report, and well worth quoting:

Finally, we cannot discount the risk, in light of the lessons of our own history, that at some point in the future, high-level government officials will decide that this massive database of extraordinarily sensitive private information is there for the plucking. Americans must never make the mistake of wholly "trusting" our public officials. As the Church Committee observed more than 35 years ago, when the capacity of government to collect massive amounts of data about individual Americans was still in its infancy, the "massive centralization of . . . information creates a temptation to use it for improper purposes, threatens to 'chill' the exercise of First Amendment rights, and is inimical to the privacy of citizens."