You Have Been Spied Upon
Now obviously they are looking for terrorists, but I still don't like anybody having that kind of information without - at the least - some form of oversight.
But I actually wanted to ask a more vexing question: Since when did USA Today become a real newspaper?
Just kidding. Impressive as that paper's foray into actual journalism is, my question is: should they have revealed the names of the phone companies who did and did not cooperate with the NSA?
I'm torn. If I were a terrorist, I sure as hell would be switching to Qwest, the one company that refused to cooperate with the NSA activity....and thus the one company whose records are not under complete surveillance. On the other hand, as an American who loves his civil liberties, I might just do the same. If USA Today had simply said "3 of the 4 major telecommunications companies cooperated with the NSA"....you can bet there would have been an outcry among civil libertarians. MoveOn would have circulated petitions demanding to know which companies threw our privacy in the toilet. On the other hand, I find it perfectly plausible that USA Today could have reported on this gross violation of our civil liberties without giving the terrorists a handbook on how to avoid surveillance. This is not quite as ridiculous as the claims that the New York Times' exposure of the OTHER NSA program would tip off the terrorists to the possibility that they are being watched.
Oh yeah, also I'm graduating today and Christy graduated yesterday.