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Our outrage is late. With 4 million street interrogations since 2002, New York’s Stop and Frisk has more direct impact on citizen’s lives than the 1800+ FISA requests (although any overreach undermines civil liberties!). From Atlanta to Los Angeles, police have shot grandmothers and grandchildren, broken down wrong doors in their zeal to stop threats against the social order. Further back, 7000 Japanese-Americans were put in interment camps as security threats. The responses to the Occupy Movement in video after video
show rampant abuse of police inflicting physical harm to nonviolent protesters exercising the right of assembly. Look at the continued push to abridge voting rights; in the last election, World War Two veterans were denied the right to vote on their veteran’s cards. Arizona and other states have versions of probable cause being “driving while Hispanic.” Lurching from issue to issue, the sight of the bigger picture is lost: civil liberties are facing frontal assaults more important than the privacy of emails. Digital surveillance is bloated, cumbersome, angry. A street stop is lean, direct, mean, chilling. After the rights to walk around and vote are restricted, after the right to assembly is defined by the state, after the Supreme Court ruled that equal protection didn’t apply to the citizens of states that opted out of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid, my emails may be the last thing they come for. By then I may have no one left with whom to share my outrage.
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