Related to the previous post about Raul’s OpEd and whether anyone the government appoints could be trusted to be a genuine privacy advocate, consider this news story by Stephen Braun of the Associated Press last week:
Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be sure they weren’t violating civil liberties and to restore Americans’ trust.
But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back to the White House, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts.
Read more on AP’s The Big Story.
Some days, it feels kind of hopeless, doesn’t it? But never give up and never retreat when it comes to protecting privacy and civil liberties. That’s my position, anyway.