Remember when being alarmed about the NSA's domestic spying program was a sign of white privilege?
Remember the headlines showing how the public supported the NSA? Or at least didn't care about the spying?
Well, those days are over.
Public support for the domestic spying programs have declined by every measurement.
That's a curious way of looking at things since it wasn't long ago that simply being black was justification enough to be spied upon.
Consider the requirements discovered in the Media files: every agent had to have at least one informer who reported to him regularly on the activities of black people. In Washington, DC, every agent was required to assign six informers to spy on black people. This requirement was so important in the bureau that exemption from it was an elaborate bureaucratic process. Agents in an FBI office in a community where no black people lived were required to “specify by memorandum form 170-6 with a copy for the RA (Resident Agency, what small FBI offices like Media were called) error folder, so that he will not be charged with failure to perform.”"Given the long history of being spied upon, many blacks already assume they are being monitored by the government."
This poll is from January. Notice the major change was in the opinion of minorities.
Large majorities in five states say the Director of National Intelligence should be prosecuted.
Now some will say that Americans still don't put high importance on this issue so we can just ignore the issue. But consider what ranks below domestic spying - acceptance of gays and race relations.
So if the public doesn't put high importance on it, should we really just ignore the problems of gays and race relations?
6:13 PM PT: It seems that some people are still not aware that the NSA domestic spying program hasn't prevented a single terrorist attack. Not one!
How do we know this? Because the White House NSA Panel member said so.
Also, an independent review agreed.