Originally Posted by 5entinel
Keep it clean in here folks - You know the rules. Leave conspiracy theories,and politics out of this thread.Source
This thread is political. I remember a discussion about the "no politics" rule some time ago, which was settled by an administrator basically saying that he doesn't mind topics covering politics in relation to technology. Is that no longer true?
Anyway, I don't believe conspiracy theories are necessary for skepticism of all this. It's a fact that such a surveillance network is very intrusive upon the public; it's reasonable to feel that having your actions recorded while walking down the street is simply too much. It's a fact that the US government does not take civil rights as seriously as it is legally obligated to; we've seen many examples of the government ignoring or manipulating civil rights over the last decade.
Call me a conspiracy theorist for saying it if you must, but there's no theory needed to point out that the government's actions are making us more and more vulnerable to the threat that it
imposes upon us. Instead of updating our civil rights and constitution to maintain their original purpose in the modern world, they are often disqualified due to technicality. Corporations often exhaust all resources to pressure politicians to act in ways that favor their interests. Thanks to that, politicians often propose laws for corporate motives, as oppose to civil motives. (Trying to lay claim that the government need not acknowledge our privacy on the internet, and such.)
These things are alarming; they should be. No conspiracy theory is necessary in order to see we are vulnerable to conspiracy.