One American’s flow chart

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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6 Responses

  1. Jay says:

    When confronted with the argument about if you are doing nothing wrong then you have nothing to hide I say “I have nothing to hide from people I trust.” I do not trust government power implemented in secret without checks, balances and transparency.

  2. Tim Lavalli says:

    Exactly, it comes down to trust.

    In your flowchart you hit on the essential point of this debate. Do you trust the government? If you do, then domestic spying is not an issue. If, however, you have issues with the government particularly when the “other” party is in power, then you probably have a problem with the NSA, FBI, CIA and LSMFT. So it comes down to; “Do you trust the government?” For me the answer is simple.

  3. Jason Kirk says:

    Just as you’re not a historian or activist, neither are your friends lawyers when they say they have nothing to hide because they’re doing nothing wrong. There’s a massive difference between doing something morally wrong and doing something illegal. Attorney Harvey Silverglate expounds upon this in his book, Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. Here’s a video with him explaining the concept.

  4. KenP says:

    No problem if you aren’t an offender?

    If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. — Cardinal Richlieau

    How much have all of us written and now it is all stored in government databases.

    The Holocaust, in the eyes of a legitimate government, was legal.

    There’s no technology that overcomes human nature. Sadly, not only for good but for evil.

    Keep questioning, Otis. We’ll turn you into a libertarian yet.

  5. Clare says:

    If there’s nothing wrong with the government collecting massive amounts of data on Americans’ activities without any hint that any of them are involved in a crime, why did they have to hide it from us?

  6. Astin says:

    Fear-based arguments work because they prey on that basest of emotions.

    What if [insert action of vast overkill and minimal effectiveness with negative consequences here] stopped [terrible thing that has a low probability of occurring].

    What if wearing Axe Body Spray kept aliens from dissecting your pets?

    What if washing your hair with feces stopped a gang of cannibals from attacking your home?

    Well, you’d smell like shit either way, but at least aliens and cannibals wouldn’t be something you’d concern yourself with on a daily basis anymore.

    Surveillance states have never been viewed as anything but totalitarian and without justification by history. This will be no different. People will look back and wonder why it was allowed to even get this far. Not that much will be done about it before the next distraction makes everyone forget about it.

    Look! Russia!

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