And the bigger the pool the more irresistible it is likely to become. This is not just common sense, it explains why the N.S.A.’s repeated assertions that they aren’t actually looking at the content of emails, or targeting Americans, should have been greeted with skepticism. The pool of data is a pool of knowledge. Knowledge is power; and power corrupts. As a consequence it is difficult to avoid drawing the inference that absolute knowledge might corrupt absolutely.
Thirteen months ago, Edward Snowden made the world aware of the NSA's PRISM program, which harvests metadata from all over the internet.
We were outraged. We took to Twitter, to our blogs, to anyone that would listen to condemn the NSA's actions. Petitions emerged, as did new revelations, and it looked like we were on a path to change- even it was excruciatingly slow.
Thirteen months later, we seem to have forgotten. Michael P. Lynch wants to help us remember. In the Times, he lays out the case as it stands, not only explaining that we should be angry, but why we should be.
Awareness fades, but this one's too important to let it.
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