On Technology and Privacy

Radley Balko at the Washington Post:

It’s all another sobering reminder that any powers we grant to the federal government for the purpose of national security will inevitably be used just about everywhere else. And extraordinary powers we grant government in wartime rarely go away once the war is over. And, of course, the nifty thing for government agencies about a “war on terrorism” is that it’s a war that will never formally end.

While discussing a different (and likely scarier) situation than the Apple iPhone encryption case, this paragraph is the most concise and well written paragraph on the issues that arise from giving a government power out of fear.

I won't make politics a regular talking point here on The Class Nerd, but this was too good not to share.