Every little bit of data tells a tale about you. Each piece, on its own, is a piece of a larger puzzle that describes your life. Allowing a government, whose goal is to store all data about you forever, access to small pieces of your life is insanity.
Robotics, automation, digital currencies, immortality, nanotechnology, cheap solar energy, cheap energy storage, etc, all converge on or about the year 2025. The job loss due to automation is just one of many concerns. The deflationary pressure and loss of tax revenue is the one that should concern everyone, as it will lead to governments making seriously stupid bandaid style choices, that will only make things worse.
The thing you have to remember is the MPAA and RIAA are funded by the content industry. They need to show they are doing something to continue to get paid. Hence the stupidity of suing their clients customers, 3 strikes, etc.
Let me get this straight, Lonny Anderson comments that anyone with a top secret clearance could have done this, contradicting everything said about the security of the system up to this point. Then he turns around and seemingly says we have logs, and can track you if you do this, which seems to be pointed at the people at the NSA, to prevent any repeats of the situation.
It is strange, since snowdens revelations, on occasion I wonder, if this number I have dialed, or that email I sent could come back to haunt me if taken out of context. It seems I worry more about my own government now, than I ever have about terrorist.
If terrorism is about creating fear and worry, then the US government has become what it so wishes to defeat.
Is it just me, or do all the politicians, climate change deniers, fossil fuel types, corporate spin doctors, lobbyist, and special interest groups all have the same condescending tone, and we are right even when we are wrong attitude?
The reason why Clapper isn't concerned about terrorists changing tactics after the Snowden leaks is they were not using the technology in the first place. Makes you wonder what the system is really meant for.
The Emperor's New Clothes is a story written by Hans Christian Andersen. Rep. Mike Rogers interview reminds me of the story in a big way. He goes on TV, espouses his rhetoric, which is promptly parroted and rehashed across a plethora of news organizations, all of which agree with his views. With his world view limited to old world news organizations he doesn't see that everyone notices that he is naked.
Enter a small child that doesn't know to follow the narrative in the form of bloggers that tear the narrative to hell and tell the true story.