[quote=“ClassicalTeacher, post:10, topic:38679”]
So, from what I’ve gathered, this decision is a good one for the average person.
[/quote]It doesn’t PROTECT your privacy . . . the government can still snoop on you, but now they can no longer hide that they’ve been snooping on you, and why they’ve been snooping on you. So, in that sense it’s a step forward for the innocent citizen.
But that door swings both ways. The terrorist can now find out if he’s being snooped on, and if he/she finds out can go to ground.
It really depends on how much you trust your government to be pursuing terrorists ONLY. For example, they often fish with a net, casting a wide search and hoping they catch something worthwhile. And in that case, you, John/Jane Doe may be caught up in that net, and then it comes down to whether or not you trust your government to discriminate and determine that YOU are not a terrorist.
I can understand a legitimate frustration some government agents may have that now they are compelled to reveal they are snooping on terrorists (“they’re tying our hands”), but I DON’T trust the government to “discriminate” and I DON’T trust the government to separate ME from the terrorists. And there’s always the chance that the government will use their powers to pursue law abiding citizens that it just doesn’t like (Nixon and J. Edgar did that, and I definitely think BHO is on that path.)
It comes down to striking a balance between Civil Liberties and the ability of the government to pursue terrorists. That line is hard to draw sometimes, but right now it’s easy with BHO in office. I would err in favor of privacy for U.S. citizens.
But if we suffer another 9/11, that pendulum may swing the other way. There will likely be an emotional clamor for more restriction on Civil Liberties in favor of pursuing terrorists.
One hopes that cooler minds will prevail, but even for cooler minds it’s a dilemma.
My own preference is privacy for U.S. Citizens and Civil Liberties, but if I had a loved one killed in a terrorist attack I can see how I might change my view.