Watching peoples' ideas form as they type, in order to protect against someone who might become a terrorist in the future. George Orwell, eat your heart out.
But the technology alone isn't the problem. There has been a dramatic shift in mentality, and it doesn't take much to work out the date on which this happened: September 11, 2001.
Much has been said about what happened in the aftermath of that tragic event. The extent to which there was an extreme political response is understandable, if not entirely forgivable. What is more shocking, however, is that ten years on — with the risk of death being higher from a lightning strike than from a terrorist attack, and with the election of a President that had railed against "a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide" — the problem hasn't got better at all.
Your iPhone Works for the Secret Police
Wilkommen to East Germany, Americans.
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