Public Outlook Shifts: More Worried About Gov't Stomping On Civil Liberties Than Terrorism

from the about-time dept

We've already noted that the tide has shifted in Congress, such that the NSA's surveillance activities are almost certainly going to be at least somewhat restricted. Perhaps it's a reflection of the public realizing just how screwed up things are. As Glenn Greenwald notes, PewResearch's latest polls show that, for the very first time, Americans are more concerned about the loss of civil liberties than they are about terrorism.
"Overall, 47% say their greater concern about government anti-terrorism policies is that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, while 35% say they are more concerned that policies have not gone far enough to protect the country. This is the first time in Pew Research polling that more have expressed concern over civil liberties than protection from terrorism since the question was first asked in 2004."
The fear-mongering and FUD about "terrorism!" at every turn seems to have served the government well for over a decade in eroding civil liberties -- but it looks like the Snowden revelations about what the government is really doing is finally shifting things back in the other direction. It's about time.

Filed Under: civil liberties, privacy, public opinion, terrorism

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2013 @ 3:06pm

    yes, it is about time! think back people, to how it was during 'The Cold War' and the 'reds under every bed' days. what good did any of that do? what good came out of it? all that happened was a hell of a lot of totally innocent people went through hell, for no other reason than to satisfy the warped opinions of a very small number of over-powered government officials, that were more concerned with being able to tell whoever was at the top of the political tree what they had accomplished (nothing of any use!), how many lives they had screwed, than actually proving anything nefarious going on and stopping it! those shameful days are back again, this time, so it appears, with a vengeance unlike anything before seen. the days are very close again to hearing cars screech to a stop outside and people running to apprehend the 'criminals'. how can anyone hate people so much? would it not be better for humanity to live alone, isolated, than want to remove everyone from around you?

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