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Bill Quick

Russia Tests “Total Surveillance” at the Sochi Olympics – Newsweek

SORM makes the United States’ National Security Agency’s PRISM system – details of which were leaked by contractor Edward Snowden, now living in Russia – look distinctly underpowered.

Of course, we have no idea what the NSA is actually doing, or is capable of doing.

But that’s A-OK with some folks, because, like the IRS, the President, the DEA, the BATF, and the State Department, we can trust them.

Also: Security.

So shut up.


Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


The Trustafarians — 2 Comments

  1. I like the combination of if it stops one act of terrorism, then you can’t object to the surveillance and the fact that all of this NSA/FBI/etc surveillance hasn’t stopped a single act of terrorism. (Sure, it’s hard to prove a negative, but you know darned well that if trawling the gamer forums had resulted in a plot being stopped, there’d be press conferences every day for three weeks, trumpeting it.)

  2. I like the combination of if it stops one act of terrorism, then you can’t object to the surveillance…

    Well, I can, but then I understand complicated stuff like return on investment, relative risk, unintended consequences, perverted incentives, and vicious cycles.

    Okay, so that makes most of us here part of a very tiny minority.