There’s nothing at all funny about PRISM, a grotesque data collection program run by the NSA. Multiple stories related to secret government surveillance have come out in the past 48 hours, and I can only hope that people are paying attention and are properly outraged. Here’s a good place to start.
Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.
Much more news is sure to follow. This site’s readers seem unlikely to think privacy doesn’t matter, but here’s a good primer for those who might.