“Indeed, the NSA’s excessive secrecy arguably endangered its own programs. If the agency had been more transparent about how its surveillance programs worked, it might have persuaded the public that there were adequate safeguards in place, building broad public support for the programs.
Instead, by acting like it had something to hide, the NSA has caused many Americans to assume the worst. For example, 38 percent of Americans believe the NSA can listen to their phone calls without a warrant, despite the agency’s claims to the contrary. By keeping the American people in the dark, they ensured only that if and when the program was exposed, it would cast the NSA in the worst possible light.”
The identity, privacy, and security conversation continues. It smacks a bit like Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22”. The snag, the catch, the problem with duplicity. It certainly can be confusing.
I’d rather embrace a small amount of questionable security than none at all. After all, we already know that the bad guys dream about more transparency on our side. (Obviously, if you already believe that we ARE the bad guys, then all is lost)
Thanks to The Washington Post