As he says, “It’s perfectly fine for us to decide that we’re OK with this invasion of privacy...But we can’t decide if the tradeoff is worth it if it’s all secret.”
The president seems to want to start a conversation about the tradeoffs between privacy and security, and our senator across the lake, Patrick Leahy, chair of the Judiciary Committee, is pushing legislation to condense, clarify and curtail the reach of government into our freedoms.
That’s a good start.
Dr. Stewart A. Denenberg is an emeritus professor of computer science at Plattsburgh State, retiring recently after 30 years there. Before that, he worked as a technical writer, programmer and consultant to the U.S. Navy and private Industry. Send comments and suggestions to his blog at www.tec-soc.blogspot.com, where there is additional text and links. He can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.