But lets assume for a second that the rest of the world had the NSA's capability and disregard for human dignity and privacy... I could go on and on about the moral implications and what not but the fact of the matter is this argument was resolved thousands of years ago with the simple line: "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind" It's not a hard concept to grasp. WE are better than that. We don't need to do this. It's wrong, we all know it. It should stop immediately.
Im sorry, but the whole 'we are better than that' stuff would be all perfectly fine and dandy in some alternate ideologically pure rainbow unicorn reality, which (unfortunately) we do not live in.
People need to get real about this stuff. Complaining on the internet is *not* going to change the way things are done in the US govt and all its departments. There are too many fingers in too many pies, too much money and power is at stake. At the end of the day, nothing is really going to change.
Spys will keep on spying, military will keep on blowing people into small peices and putting freedom bullets into heads, the corrupt will keep on....um, corrupting...you get my drift.
The past ten odd years Ive been reading on /. week in and week out all the evil, corruption and other nasty shit that goes on in Govt and in business, and ten odd years of cries, wailing and gnashing of teeth ( god I love that phrase) in the comments. Nothing changes. It doesnt seem like it ever will change for the better...maybe in tiny ways, but overall, nothing changes.
Humanity doesnt change. Atrocities, brutality, oppression, religious evil...it never changes. It never stops.
I dont have much hope for the future, the future looks dark and fearful.