Why is this stuff even debated?
It used to be that a semi-literate high school kid could tell you certain â€œinalienable rightsâ€ enjoyed by Americans included privacy alongside things like freedom of speech and right to a speedy and fair trial (both also dead). This kid might even know that â€œinalienableâ€ means â€œincapable of being surrendered or transferredâ€ â€“ but at the least heâ€™d know these were things we were promised as a function of our national identity. Why then does CNN report on the destruction of privacy as, â€œThe highly controversial no-warrant surveillance programâ€??? Shouldnâ€™t â€œhighly controversialâ€ be simply stated as illegal? Why the euphemisms? What a sad joke.
Itâ€™s no wonder that a high school kid today would know nothing of his rights as an American.
Jerks. The kid too.