Friday, June 7, 2013
Editorial On US Electronic Surveillance By NSA
The NYT provides good reasons why we should be concerned about NSA's electronic surveillance activities. The program is so secret that even Senators on the Intelligence Committee, who defend the program, do not know the details about how it works. It also appears that the executive branch is free to interpret the Patriot Act, which enables electronic surveillance, as it chooses. We have to assume that the executive branch will not abuse its rights under the law. When President Obama was a senator he raised a similar concern himself when the Patriot Act was being debated.