Today’s TED Talks (from Vancouver, Canada) is worth a listen. What Edward Snowden says about the internet, pertains and resonates for me re FATCA:
It too bothers me so much for people to say “if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about.” You’re giving up your rights! You’re saying “I don’t think I’m going to need them — “these guys” are going to do the right thing.” I agree that: Your rights matter because you never know when you’re going to need them. They should not be taken away without due process.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Here’s the explanation to the “secret court” reference: How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies’ Reach” by CHARLIE SAVAGE and LAURA POITRAS, NY Times, MARCH 11, 2014
and here’s a link to the: TED talk video, including transcript
Many interesting points, among them:
Who I am (Edward Snowden) doesn’t matter at all.
We don’t have to give up our privacy to have good government.
Is it really “Terrorism” we’re stopping? Or is it that justification provokes an emotional response? (Just as justification of FATCA as the term “Tax Evasion” provokes an emotional response.)
Re NSA “Boundless Information terminology” and how much interception: NSA says to tell you that would invade your privacy.
More communications are being intercepted by the NSA in America about Americans than in Russia about Russians.
Or some ask: Does Edward Snowden even exist?