Whenever we learn something new and impactful about what our governments or other institutions of power are doing, we owe ourselves a public discussion of these new revelations. Perhaps we accept the revelations as acceptable or desirable, or perhaps we find them unacceptable and harmful in which case the public discourse can lobby these institutions of power to change their ways. As with Wikileaks before it, the NSA leaks provide us with precisely such new revelations about what our government is doing and we ought to have such a public discussion. Unfortunately, and as with Wikileaks, that discussion is largely absent and has been replaced by a proxy discussion that is both vacuous and vapid.
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