The structure of privacy and surveillance in the US is changing on a daily basis. Restrictions on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were rolled back by an appellate court yesterday, giving what the NY Times called a “green light” to domestic surveillance, a development Congresswoman Jane Harmon of the House Select Committee on Intelligence called “troubling” on today’s “To the Point.” On the same program, she argued that she was “violently opposed” to the Poindexter efforts (see the entry below), and EPIC‘s Marc Rotenberg and Princeton‘s Ed Felton presented the questions well. It’s a strange issue: I think that most Americans would not agree with funding the program, if only roused. The question is not one of whether people know, it’s whether they care.
It’s an interesting time to have a seminar on surveillance! I have to get the syllabus up in the next day or two.