Friday, November 01, 2013

The NSA does not ever have to worry about accountability

This is what always happens. Whenever there is a big revelation about an abuse of government spying the primary legislative response is always to retroactively legalize that abusive conduct rather than anything that might prevent such abuses in the future. That's what happened in 2008. That's what is going to happen now.

I don't know why, but no matter who controls Congress, a comfortable majority is always in favor of allowing the government to spy on people and to make sure that individuals are not allowed to challenge any abuses that may result from that spying in court.

It's infuriating, but I can't say I have a solution to the problem.