January 20, 2014
SHOCKING NEWS: Bill Quick is neither convinced nor reassured by Obama’s NSA speech. I don’t blame him.
But I did find something to agree with in Obama’s speech:
Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say: Trust us, we won’t abuse the data we collect. For history has too many examples when that trust has been breached. Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends on the law to constrain those in power.
But in the case of the Obama Administration, the law has been doing a pretty sorry job of that. We need a lot more people to lose their jobs or go to jail to drive that lesson home.