‘I Am the Other’

Ken White:

I am the other because I believe a free person needs no excuse whatsoever to keep communications secret from the government, whether those communications are weighty or frivolous. I am the other because I believe the mantra “what do you have to hide” is a contemptible and un-American sentiment that fundamentally misconstrues the proper relationship between citizen and state.

Fantastic read, and I could have quoted any section of it. One particular section (that I felt was too long to quote in a “moral” sense) deals with the government potential to pass confidential information to prosecutors to help with crimes. Put this at the top of your list if you are still wondering why NSA spying is a really big deal.

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by Ben Brooks
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Ken White: I am the other because I believe a free person needs no excuse whatsoever to keep communications secret from the government, whether those communications are weighty or frivolous. I am the other because I believe the mantra “what do you have to hide” is a contemptible and un-American sentiment that fundamentally misconstrues the […]