The latest disclosures from Snowden’s leaks turn out to have nothing to do with national security and everything to do with a compulsive and unseemly snooping into the lives of ordinary citizens throughout the world.
A snippet of Arabic conversation or a phone call to Syria, Yemen or Pakistan is more likely to be a standard family phone call than the prelude to the demise of western civilization.
How is it possible that government can claim this authority, accessing our most intimate “soft” communications — but not, say, a “hard” letter lying around our houses?
That's the problem with a slippery slope: once you send in small arms and ammunition, next comes anti-tank weapons, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and – oops! – before you know it, you’re bombing Syrian airports and imposing a no-fly zone.