It's called paraphrasing, and it's a common form. By condoning the current NSA you are in fact giving up essential liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety. I'm glad that you can recognize a founding father quote. It's a shame you don't adhere to its ruminations.
The full inclusion of all qualifiers does not strengthen your argument. Try again with a valid rebuttal.
Oh no, no, no! I am not trying to convince you that "freedom is worthless," but rather am pointing out that you have no useful idea about how your freedom was gained, maintained, and what is needed in the future to ensure it. Your little crack about "North Korea" is only further demonstration of that. In fact that might even suggest that you don't really understand your freedoms, let alone the Constitution.
If you are confusing what goes on in North Korea with what goes on in the US you are badly uninformed indeed.
Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither. You are obviously one of those.
Firstly, the "don't worry about civil liberties because
The American people are not the enemy, and there is not some huge terrorist cell lying in wait in your neighbor's fucking closet. Get over it. Whoever beat nationalistic pride into your psyche, probably some baby boomer, they had it beat into them by the McCarthyism of their day, and it was wrong then and it is wrong now. We are a great country because of our people. Not our government. They serve us. They should fear us. We pay for them to serve us, not the other way around.
How about we all just stick our heads in the sand so the terrorist know we didn't see their sacred prophet Muhammad while where at it. Because oh noes
Ok so I was there to be antagonistic, but even five years ago the lower level guys knew what was going.
College students can step up and stop joining there ranks. Here in North Carolina, my alma mator is suckling the teat and getting in bed further with them via a 60 million dollar data analytics lab. There was some student protest in the form of people writing "Fuck the NSA" in chalk on buildings, but other than that, big U's are happy to cozy up closer to the feds.
I ended up going into the private sector and look back thankful that I didn't join their ranks.
How long until consumers are offered tiered internet to these sites, pay X to get the FB + GOOG + AAPL package, etc etc, pay Y for gaming, pay Z for streaming, if you're caught in violation you'll be automatically charged at the overage level (like cell phone providers).
If I paint 'ole Ms. Gladys fence and miss a post, going back and "doing it on my own time" is trivial in terms of time-cost. But if my corporation writes an enterprise HR system for managing her egregious cat collection, it is my corporation that will fund the bug fixes for an erroneous bug that miscounts turds per feline. That cost of doing business will come out of my corporation's margin, not my employees paychecks.
In enterprise environments there are SLAs that cover this sort of thing. Why is this drivel on the front page? Somebody's first time discovering they can email scripts for their Joe's Home Programming business or is the editor-community here (he said sighing...) that detached from how enterprise development works?
You should be thankful; though the signal-to-noise ratio is fairly low in terms of groundbreaking devices vs. hipster trash, the magnitude of the signal itself is still larger than in any previous decade previously and you can still get more amazing hardware+software that is practical and outstanding.
If you watch a lot of television and consume any amount of mainstream tripe, then I could see one's opinion being jaundiced. You have to see the forest through the trees man!