I’ve heard quite a few folks over the past few days say they aren’t bothered by PRISM, since they have nothing to hide. I haven’t heard anyone ask these people what they felt about the warrantless wiretapping with Bush was President. I wish they would.
I think this is a good litmus test. Many folks trust ‘their guys’ with powers. But, if you don’t trust ‘the other guys’ with it, then you shouldn’t want ‘your guys’ to have it either, because someday, the other guys might be in power again.
I didn’t like Bush having warrantless wiretapping powers for this reason, so at least I’m consistent.
Also, given the IRS revelations, is it a far stretch to believe that PRISM could be abused for non-security purposes?
Update: I have to admit, though, that’s a damn good name for such a government program. It sounds like something out of War Games or Robocop.