Chapter 11 NSA: The People Who Know Everything

If the National Security Agency (NSA) needs a slogan, it should probably be ‘collect it all.’ But the fight over whether that’s an appropriate strategy for keeping order in a democratic society is one that stretches far beyond the NSA programs now being debated. We now have technologies that enable the creation of very detailed data on our activities. These technologies are only going to get more powerful and pervasive. We need to make a choice as a society about the extent to which we want to allow the government to store up that data so that it has the power to hit ‘rewind’ on everybody’s ...

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