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[Infographic] Wiretapping: Privacy vs. security

This infographic traces the history of the privacy vs. security debate in the U.S. from the Bill of Rights to PRISM.

Here is a timely trip through the U.S. history of the privacy vs. security debate as it relates to wiretapping, courtesy of whocalledmyphone.net. The infographic below follows a path from the establishment of the 4th Amendment in 1791 to Edward Snowden, the NSA.

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jkameleon
jkameleon

Pretty abject lot, aren't they? Are such people trustworthy? Absolutely not! Yet, governments appear to trust them blindly about the most important issue: The cause they are supposed to be fighting for. There is no such thing as genuine, honest terrorism. In time, all attacks turn out to be false flag, sponsored by one government secret service or another for propagandistic and political ends. The only proper way to stop terrorism is to put spooks under democratic control. That means more privacy, not less. Terrorism which thrived in 1970s in Europe, was all but eradicated in 1980s this way. The turning point was false flag attack on the Bologna train station in 1980, which killed 85 people and wounded more than 200. The whole thing is summed up in the European Parliament resolution on Gladio: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/European_Parliament_resolution_on_Gladio It's a very good guideline for the future as well.

sissy sue
sissy sue

Thanks to both you and Michael for sharing those links. Don't you think that privacy is implied in the Fourth Amendment? I would have no expectation that the Framers of the Constitution should have gone through Samuel Johnson's dictionary to give their take on every word in it in order to ensure our freedoms. Further, it is ironic that the infographic shows no compromise to the Fourth Amendment until 1928, when Prohibition was considered worthy enough a cause to dilute the Bill of Rights. And since 1928, we have seen many more infringements in the name of any cause our government deems worthy enough to merit the erosion of our liberties. It is a slippery slope, and one that should alarm any American who cherishes the ideals of our Founding Fathers and individual liberty.