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Friday, July 5, 2013

V is for ...?

Here's a picture of the protesters handing out copies of the Bill of Rights. I'm just guessing, but I don't think they were affiliated with the various flavors of Tea, and were most likely responding to the recent revelations leaked by Mr. Snowden.

During my long wait at O'Hare, I overheard a woman talking about the recent leaks with her son-in-law. She went on and on about how the NSA could listen to all her phone conversations if they wanted to. "I'm not a criminal. If you have nothing to hide, it shouldn't bother you."

If you have nothing to hide. Is it possible for an argument to be any more simultaneously smug and stupid? I've never been charged with a crime, but I still think fair trials by a jury of one's peers and prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures are fine, fine ideas, and I am furious when I think those rights are being trampled upon.

And who doesn't have a long list of things they want to hide? Things that might cost you a marriage, or a job, or a just good night's sleep? And would you really be okay with the government knowing what you pray your spouse or your employer will never find out?

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