The smack of American realization of just how huge & pervasive the security state is, due to the revelations of (obviously now former) employee of “defense” contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Edward Snowden — who actually outed himself, on purpose — has reverberated for awhile now. There’s been Obama basically saying “yeah, so what?”, the tech companies named as partners with the government in treating everyone as a suspect giving oddly formulaic denials, most of congress saying it’s no big deal, the freakin’ author of the Patriot Act former rep Jim Sensenbrenner saying “woah…”, calls online and in the media for Snowden as well as Glenn Greenwald (!!) to be executed as traitors, a competing organization in support of Snowden’s exposure, and a petition started on that “We The People” thing on the White House site to pardon him.
So, with all that, it’s been long enough to poll about it. Pew Research Center & the Washington Post ran the acceptability of this dragnet of everybody because TERROR!! TERROR!! by some folks, and got an all too unfortunate majority somehow in favor. This, even though you should more fear cancer, heart disease, your own vomit, or the police more than terrorism if concerned about keeping yourself alive.
But it doesn’t stop there. Oh, yes, there was a partisan breakdown:
Note the flips. 2006 Republicans by a huge margin declared questioning Dubya’s surveillance powers UnAmerican, while this year they could flip a coin on Obama’s use of them.
Dems in ’06 by a significant majority railed against the Bush Administration’s Shredding of The Constitution! Now that it’s Obama running the shredder they’re cool with it.
Limitless power: “It’s OK if MY team does it!” Argh…