Does Surveillance Keep Us Safe?
As more information becomes known about Edward Snowden and the NSA information he leaked to the Guardian, the national conversation on domestic surveillance has reached a fever pitch. Despite the recent "hair on fire" exclamations from the Right and Left alike, we should remember: the U.S. has been enacting some form of domestic surveillance as early as 1919, it was not until the Patriot Act of 2001 that the issue has been a point of concern for average Americans. Now as a country when we feel uncomfortable with our idea of privacy being eroded we are ready to blame someone for allowing things to get so severe.I would argue that while Obama has a role in this, and the American Congress has a role in this, and the American Media has a role in this, I also believe that there's some blame on the American people. The discussion about the Patriot Act has been happening for years and while some were upset -- they marched on Washington and yelled about this being wrong -- the majority of folks were not. If there's an issue now, part of this is that the American people have to take some blame for this.
Also on today's #TWiBRadio, we talked about a toy gun buy-back program, Chad Johnson's courtroom shenanigans, and what happens when local conspiracy theorist and paper-wave, Alex Jones travels across the pond to show the BBC how we do crazy in the ol' US of A.
And this morning on #amTWiB, L.Joy, Imani, and the rest of the #TheMorningCrew delve in the predatory nature of college loan debt, four black actors take home Tony awards, and the rise of Black unemployment -- it's now at 13.5%.