Top Secret America
The downside of Top Secret America: There is a vast, sprawling surveillance complex that's watching everything we do, and is not in turn being effectively watched or controlled. The upside, at least for civil libertarians, is that secrecy means lack of accountability, and lack of accountability has led to so much information overload and managerial confusion that it likely doesn't know what it's seeing. The downside of that, of course, is that it's probably also missing the legitimately dangerous communications it's capturing.
And in case you think it'll be easy to roll any of this back, consider the fact that we still take our shoes off and throw away water bottles when we attempt to board a plane.
July 19, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
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