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 @ 9:53pm

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    Though that video does bring up the question of why aren't there any African American cops. Sure they have some Hispanic cops, I suppose they need translators, but the only areas with African American cops are ares like Compton. Clearly those cops are qualified to be cops and I'm sure they could find some cops willing to work in a nice neighborhood like Manhattan Beach or whatnot. and the Anglo-American cops working in the poorer neighborhoods probably live in a nice neighborhood, though I'm not necessarily against cops living in a different neighborhood than they work for safety purposes and because it can potentially reduce conflicts of interests (ie: a cop may either like or dislike a neighbor or have a friend that lives nearby their house and they may discriminate based on that). but I do think the fact that there are very few African American cops working in nice neighborhoods or even mediocre neighborhoods suggests discrimination and that should be looked into (on the other hand sometimes I think affirmative action can go too far in the opposite direction as well).

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