The worst part about all the government surveillance isn’t the snooping, it’s the secrecy

Posted: August 4, 2013 in National Politics, Surveillance
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A journalist named Michele Catalano touched off a minor firestorm of paranoia and outrage on August 1 when she wrote about being visited by three truckloads of plainclothes police at her house, a surprise inspection that appeared to have been triggered by some Google searches that she and her husband had performed on the topic of pressure cookers. The visit later turned out to be based on a report from her husband’s employer rather than NSA-level data mining, but it still highlighted one of the most pernicious aspects of the government’s secret surveillance program — namely, that so little is known about it that almost anything seems possible, no matter how outlandish.

In her original post — which has since been updated after a statement was released by the local police in Suffolk County, which covers most of Long Island in New York — Catalano described how six armed…

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