With news today of yet further alleged intrusion into private citizens’ communications — GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications (Guardian) — here’s how The West Wing anticipated the past week’s furore…
Sam Seaborn: It’s not just about abortion, it’s about the next 20 years. In the ’20s and ’30s it was the role of government. ’50s and ’60s it was civil rights. The next two decades are going to be privacy. I’m talking about the Internet. I’m talking about cell phones. I’m talking about health records and who’s gay and who’s not. And moreover, in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?
“In a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?” In the UK our (real-life) politicians are more likely to be found saying “If you have nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear”. As I’ve asked before in response to this statement:
"If you've nothing to hide you've nothing to fear". Can I see your internet browsing history then, please?
— Stephen Tall (@stephentall) June 9, 2013
* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.