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Ron Miller: NSA can track every email, but it can't find a plane

Ron Miller | March 18, 2014
When a world that's characterized by ubiquitous data collection and surveillance can lose sight of a jumbo jet, you start to question the worth of all that spying on us.

As Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told the South by Southwest audience last week, the NSA has turned the Internet on its head with its surveillance. "The Internet, the greatest tool of emancipation, had been co-opted and turned into the greatest form of state surveillance the world had ever seen," he said. And love him or hate him, it's hard to argue with that.

And yet if that surveillance is supposed to make us all safer, how is it possible for a plane to just disappear?

And should we believe the excuse that the government is simply trying to protect us from those that would do us harm, or should we begin to question highly intrusive data collection that seems unlikely to protect us after all?

 

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