Should You Be Afraid of the NSA? – Learn Liberty

Should You Be Afraid of the NSA? – Learn Liberty


You should be worried
about NSA Surveillance. For a very long time the government’s
position was, this is all too secret for anyone to ever talk about,
and it’s all too secret for the courts to decide whether it’s legal. And it’s too secret for you to know what the government was
doing with your communications. We know that the government is
collecting your telephone records. We know that the government is
tapping into the fiber optic cable infrastructure and siphoning off a copy. So that’s your web browsing, that’s
your searches, that’s your Facebook. All of the social networking that you
might do along with uses of Skype and things like that. Collecting everything that they
possibly can, and then after they have custody of it,
sorting out what they actually need.>>You’ve been lead to believe the NSA is
somehow scoping up basically everything in the world’s communications. In actuality,
according to a recent study, NSA analysts reviewed 0.0004 percent of
the worlds daily traffic. Put another way, if a standard basketball court represented
the global communications environment, NSA’s total collection would be
smaller than a dime on that court.>>Do you know what 90% of the email
traffic is on the internet? Spam.
By the time you de-duplicate what happens on the internet, and
you get rid of all the spam, you’ve got a very small
percentage of the real content. And what the government isn’t telling
us is how much of the actual content your communications back and
forth they’re getting custody of.>>Who has time to listen
to all that stuff? Do you really think we care if you or anybody else are fighting
with your girlfriend? Do you think we really care if
you’re criticizing Barack Obama or the policies of the U.S. government? That stuff’s on 100 cable
news networks every day.>>Do you believe that all the governments
that we’re gonna have in the future, and all the people in charge of this
awesome power in the future, are gonna exercise the same judgment? Because if you’re not, then we need
to start talking about checks, and balances, and transparency.>>If 9/11 taught us one thing, it’s that
we live in a world where people wanna kill us simply because we’re Americans. Anytime there’s an attack
on the United States, the first thing you hear is why didn’t
the government do something to stop it? Why didn’t they know about this? Why did the intelligence
community let us down? Why did they fail? Why are you trying to stop those programs that could help us
prevent attacks from people who hate us? When no one out here can sit there and
say that they don’t have free speech, or that the NSA has has arrested them for
no good reason.>>Should we be worried about
the NSA recent activities? There are two sides to this debate.

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