Lord forbid a security researcher share list of user name and passwords, or a journalist post a link to a database dump, or a college student download a large number of academic journal articles through MIT's computer network.... These evil computer hackers need to be put away forever to protect the children, moral people everywhere, and our pristine government that can do no wrong. The death penalty probably won't be too good for them!
However, should the government want to hack us, destroy our privacy, intercept and tamper with postal packages, harm the computing environment in general by embedding back doors and exploits into software/hardware, etc. by all means this is perfectly OK. Hell, we should be grateful they are doing this for us poor pleebs since we can't think for ourselves. I mean this is the government; they know what's best for us.
So kill the "hackers" for doing something that doesn't even remotely approach the level of invasiveness described by this article and others, but let the government do anything they like in the name of "security" and "safety." Or hell, maybe even because they just feel like it. Who are we to question our betters?
This crap makes me sick.