Though the national security sector of America does come close to the same contempt for people that nazism held for those in whom they held in contempt (which would be 6 billion inherenly untrustworthy “foreigners”, in the US case), there is also a counter-weight side to American people’s democracy that is worth holding on to. And that’s the ability to find novel compromises – for huge scale problems (like systemic spying). one HAS to involve the American people themselves, so they feel things. One has to go beyond the media and the controlled “perception management” processes – that still want Americans to see any and all foreigners in 1950s terms. And this doesn’t mean enhancing such broken process with endless prattle (delivered to fill 24h newscycles, that exist just to manage the perceptions by showing “apparent” and largely vacuous debate).
I’ve no objection to the era of the global internet requiring a quite different set of policing/spying concepts compared to those used in 1990. What we have seen is that secret world has outgrown its usefulness, however. The hit on trustworthiness in the American brand (and every bit of technology America firms or American-associated or America-influenced or America-partnered firms sell that will now assumed to be untrustworthy) is what counters. From the brand and the flag, it all comes bugged – and biased – for the protection of the few (and histrionics against the rest of humanity).
So what can we find good to say?
Well one compromise would be to regularize the 30 day collection program (of everything, that is). But, that means ANY court process can now demand it (for use in some trivial civil law suit). Since the data collection, and its forensic accuracy, is so thorough, it should be callable evidence – in every tom dick or harry law suit. There should be a set presumption that its valid business record evidence and thus viable for argumentation.
The point is that this will act as a counter-weight – since there will be now major social consequences. Now Americans specifically get hurt by the “social innovation” (as folks piss on each other even more, as fits the nature of the litigious society). It doesn’t hurt the 6 billion foreigners (who were getting no benefit from being systemically spied on, recall). Now there is a downside that can act as a break on the surveillance state practiced by America (and Britain, Australia, etc). Now ANYONE can make the case that your google search is indicative of “some” malicious intent, causing social breakdown – as every pissy issue gets even more pissy, now, one everyone is armed with the evidence about every possible (negative) connotation. Now folks privacy actually gets affected in a way that really hurts – since you are inherently vulnerable to SOMEONE’s argument (that the evidence collected on you means X). You are in perpetual fear – nor from your government but from your fellow American out to “try it on”- as FACILITATED by the national spying apparatus.
lets see how folks like it. I bet they don’t since now privacy is not a factual matter but a lifestyle issue. one should be able to smell the fear – that around every turn there is always someone out to make a buck (from harassing you with state-assured evidence of your “acts”).
I think we should start with drivers, aged 65 and older. There should be automatic postal fines, the moment the computers trawling over the surviellance records can show that your MUST have been speeding (for 1mS for more) since noone always within the speed limit COULD have got from A to B (by that route that is recorded to the nearest 5m, of course) in the time “RECORDED”. Auto fine – for the 65 year olds (since they have nothing to hide or fear….)