Secret mass surveillance: For or against?

Does it bother you that the NSA in the United States and security agencies in Canada and other nations may be conducting secret mass surveillance of their citizens? Or are you one of those who believe that “if you got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about”?

I handled a piece tonight at work about a communications conference in Montreal that addressed the issue mentioned above. Some of the speakers there hailed Whistleblower Edward Snowden as a hero, apparently.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with governments conducting mass surveillance of citizens — in countries like Canada, because I don’t think the government would be doing it for nefarious purposes. I think they would be genuinely doing it in the interests of national security.

But I would be more worried about, say, the Russians doing it because of the control they seek to have over citizens.

How about you? In the light/darkness of terrorists like ISIS and their mission to wipe out the West, do mass surveillance programs trouble you? Or do you think they are a necessity?

— Jillian

3 thoughts on “Secret mass surveillance: For or against?

  1. “Personally, I don’t have a problem with governments conducting mass surveillance of citizens — in countries like Canada, because I don’t think the government would be doing it for nefarious purposes.”

    There is a significant grammatical error in this statement.

    Change “the government” to “this government”, then read it again. What happens in 50 years? What government will there be in 100 years? What if the religious totalitarians take control of the government? (Believe me, they are trying in the US). Think of a US-Canada Taliban – “You don’t go to church, you can’t get a work permit”. What if the West became majority Muslim and established a state religion? Are you still not doing anything wrong and have nothing to hide?

    You still don’t see a problem with mass surveillance?

    “Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it..” – John Adams.

    “if you got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about”?
    This is the typical refrain of the right wing who generally support mass surveillance of their citizens. History shows they have always paid dearly. 14 Million Russian peasants, 6 million European Jews, just to name a few.

    “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin.

    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” – James Madison.

    Americans don’t understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism.

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  2. That it has to be Written in a Constitution or Bill of Rights & Freedoms speaks volumes. American Sniper: “Son there are 3 types of humans in the world. Sheep, Predators and Shepherds”. In any case, Mother Nature will exact Her revenge and dispense Justice. Nothing to hide? Eventually, what “you” consider none offensive or non-threatening to national security might not be what your fellow country men-women perceive. Once legislation is enacted as it is suggested but indeed now fact, it is very difficult to repeal. Democracy is a messy business. That’s why it is so difficult. Surveillance is a type of weapon. Forgive me, “deterrent”. And for myself, I am more afraid of my fellow citizen(s) than I am about the terrorist in our midst. Civilizations and species have become history when “the social fabric” begins to unravel from the inside; rather than external pressure. ISIS, etc will fail. They are after all, not that “powerful” beside the might of the current empires on our planet. Next stop .. Pluto! %O

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