Latest Survey Shows People Across The Political Spectrum Are Skeptical Of Government Surveillance
from the and-yet-it's-still-there dept
It would appear that the government’s attempts to convince the public that giving up their privacy for the good of national security isn’t going so well. The latest numbers from the Pew Research Center show pretty broad consensus that it’s not right to diminish privacy rights in order to fight terrorism, and this was true across the political spectrum.
The partisan nature of views on surveillance has been a bit depressing — because you see the very same people who hated the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping under George W. Bush suddenly change their tune under Barack Obama — and vice versa (I even had a bizarre Twitter debate with someone who dismissed all facts by saying “Well, I trust Eric Holder,” which seemed like the ultimate in pure partisan faith). But it’s good to see that plenty of people are ignoring the partisan pull (and whatever attempts there are by the NSA’s defenders to “educate” the public) and are flat out recognizing how problematic these programs are.