Blame Ourselves

I doubled down on what I wrote for National Memo along with my Nine Points over at State of Play today, explaining that we, the people, who do not vote out Congressmen who enable secrecy or the tech companies who power it, are to blame.

I will be shocked if any congressmen or senators are voted out of office for their involvement in the last decade of granting expansive surveillance authorities to the government. Despite never polling well, Americans have also never raised much of a fuss about surveillance of other groups.

Moreover, we willingly hand over our data to companies all the time. People for the most part are perfectly happy to let Google stripmine their private lives for neat services; letting the government sift that same data for intelligence about terrorist attacks is, judging by the outcry, beyond the pale.

Read the rest over at Medium.

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Joshua Foust is a writer and analyst who studies foreign policy.

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