[Smart argument from Timothy Edgar on the NSA spying programs]:
> Where the government sees three branches of government working together in harmony, the public sees a disturbing pattern of secret law and secret government accompanied by demands to “trust us, we are keeping you safe.” Secret checks and balances appear to be nothing more than a pale shadow of our constitutional design.
Edgar’s been on both sides — working as in-house council for Bush, and for the ACLU — he knows what he is talking about. I still don’t think we have the full truth, I still think the spying is wrong, and I still think open debate is needed.
That said, I do *believe* that the government at large is *trying* to act in the best interest of United States citizens — it’s just that their actions look misguided, unless thoroughly explained.