I was thinking much the same thing myself. Would it really be so bad if all carriers and large internet entities were forced into respecting privacy? I know that the state of California has at least debated a bill that would move us in the next step towards internet privacy. It more closely followed what people would like of privacy and the rules in place over in Europe. I didn't hear much of it though after that. Wouldn't be surprised to find out that the feds came in and squashed it. We all know how much they and the large telcos hate having to respect the public.
We can steal whole copyrights now?!? Somebody, quick, tell the authors and songwriters whose copyright has been locked up by the cartels. They may finally be able to get their copyright back and earn some money!
So, am I the only one who sees how those pushing the "nothing to hide" are quiet when it comes to stuff like this?
Weren't the copyright cartels pushing for the FBI to be able to bring civil suits against people for infringement?
Topics such as this are just more evidence to me how the government needs to stay away from copyright entirely unless it is to massively scale it back. It also shows yet more reasons why total surveillance that the feds are pushing is a horrible thing. If you upset anyone in power, they will just hand your info over to some copyright oppressors and then boom, your life is tied up with lawsuits. Wouldn't be hard for them to do. It seems like the US is trying pretty hard to catch up to where China and Russia are at these days with control of the populace so I wouldn't put it past them.
So, where is everyone now saying that if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear? That statement is blown further away by the wind of situations like this. A police state is a horrible thing, no matter how much or how little or how much "nothing" you believe you have to hide.
I am glad to see others posting that they recognize much the same thing. Sometimes it feels like almost everyone else out there is focused on the whole "but These guys are so much better than Those guys!" type aspect, and for what seems to me like small things compared to everything else they are really up to. Yes, some of the issues are important, but on the whole, both options are pretty sour.
Anyone trying to claim these accusations are from the "leftists" or just saying to look at the current administration is completely missing the point. I am pretty sure the whole right vs left thing is merely a distraction at this point. Both parties appear to be acting in the interests of those with power now, to ensure they maintain power and keep that money rolling in. They may not work for the exact same groups, but in both cases they are selling out America.
Really, do you guys saying this is brought up by the left not remember Bush? Do the people saying it was because of Bush not pay attention now? The democrats and republicans are the same in this. Neither values the constitution so stop helping them misdirect people by bringing up arguments about "right vs left" please. This is about what America is supposed to stand for and how all of the asshats are running it these days from "both sides of the aisle".
More people are killed a year by cars than are killed by guns. The only way to get guns to have have anything nearing any statistical significance is to include suicides, which likely won't be stopped either even if all guns are removed completely (which any suggested legislation A: wouldn't do, and B: would never pass if suggested).
Time would be far better focused on solving the issues that lead to gun violence, rather than trying to limit anything related to guns. Limiting guns hurts the 99% of guns owners who have done and will do nothing wrong with them.
However, if his mindset is shared by the majority of other SC judges, it would seem that they consider the Constitution as less important than 'protecting the country from terrorism(Because terrorists!)', which does not seem to bode well for the already battered and besieged document.
If the founding principles of this nation are violated all of the time through metadata collection, and the court allows it, then the US isn't a country really worth protecting anyways since it no longer stands for anything. Sort of a catch 22.