Red Dwarf wrote:I await the howls of protest and accusations of officialdom's cyber-burglary from the likes of the EFF and other effete dweebs that bleat "freedom" without yet acquiring the word "responsibility" into their vocabulary.. But the howls should be lost in the wind.
No they shouldn't. Without any such watchdogs this precious world of ours would have been an Orwellian one for decades already, and you know it as well as I do. Feel free to mock them, but it doesn't make them unnecessary.
While I welcome the actions of the U.S. authorities in this particular case, I also welcome the existance and many actions of their critics, be they the local or international media, or human right activists like EFF. And while you may be OK with the actions of (your/my/their) current government, you never know what it may turn into — the future ones will still have at least the same capabilities. Governments should always be kept on their toes, or we will all be living in North Korea before we would even notice. Never overestimate the responsibility
of a government
Freedom is and will always be a two-edged sword. Forgetting responsibility will make it collapse, but so will abundant control, simply because power corrupts.
Just a few more "howls" from another "effete dweeb", which you can of course "lose in the wind" if you like.