He’s right. They are related. All of the practices of the National Security State are related, as some of us have been saying for years.
Though Goldberg is otherwise an unrepentant hawk (war, war, war!), he’s on target in at least part of this column. It’s called How TSA’s Groping Softened Us Up for NSA’s Snooping. Some excerpts:
. . . the TSA Theory of Gradual Habituation: Organizations like the TSA have worked to soften us up, to make us accustomed to the gradual theft of our right to privacy. I wouldn’t be surprised if clever government bureaucrats looked at the public’s bovine-like acceptance of its collective loss of dignity at the nation’s airports and realized that massive, invasive data collection wouldn’t spark a revolution.
. . . And if it can’t protect its own secrets, what makes it competent to protect ours? Let’s assume that the NSA one day will be, as a matter of course, sweeping up medical records, or records of all purchases made on Amazon.com, in its hunt for patterns of I-don’t-know-what. Would you trust the NSA to keep those records private? Of course not. How could you?
Unfortunately, he still bangs the Big-Scary-Muslims-Are-Everywhere! drum, but he’s at least connecting a few dots. Would that more Americans do likewise.
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