Saturday, February 8, 2014

Self Censorship

NSA Phone Recordings makes people feel uneasy, as if self censorship is necessary. Not only does it fester feeling of distrust toward our central governing bodies and agencies. It creates a fear that our private phone calls, skype discussion, or internet searches might be obtained and made public. As we saw with the recent Victoria Nuland leaked phone conversation, we are all susceptible to this type of public humiliation. If it can happen to the assistant secretary of state it can happen to you! While the identity of the the leaker remains unknown, as Edward Snowden pointed out, it is very easy for low level government officials or in his case contractors to gain vast amounts of information on relatively any individual. He also pointed out that a child born today will never know what its like to have privacy. 
Having to self censor conversations with loved ones and trusted friends because we know that the government is keeping copies that may one day fall into god knows who’s hands is a type of future that the architects of our constitution would find unsettling. 

Victoria Nuland’s Leak Phone Conversation can be heard below.