January 29, 2014
NO ONE CARES ABOUT PRIVACY:
Does the public still care about the NSA? (Marc Ambinder, JANUARY 29, 2014, The Week)
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls finds that a plurality of Americans have no idea whether Snowden did the right thing in stealing and then leaking the documents. Twenty-three percent support Snowden's actions. But the rest are split between opposing them or not having an opinion. "When 'no opinion' leads, it means they really don't care," is how NBC News put it. [...]The public seems less concerned that the NSA works to actively undermine encryption or tinkers with virtual worlds to try and discover and disrupt new means of clandestine communication because, it turns out, they do a passable job of keeping our communications out of it. The premise of the leaked documents -- that they show an unvarnished truth -- tends to cancel out the most extreme versions of the world that Snowden portrayed. They show an agency that got well ahead of its skies and was in need of a hard dollop of truth and transparency -- props to him for that -- but they also show an agency that struggled to get it right, in secret, when no one was looking.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2014 1:25 PM