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It’s probably too early to say anything definitive following the revelations of Rep. Nunes yesterday, but I would like to revisit some statements made repeatedly by Prof. @richardepstein on various Ricochet podcasts.
One of his main defenses of the current data collection regime of the NSA and other law enforcement groups was that there seems to be a real security need and that there are enough checks in place to prevent the misuse of that data.
While I certainly agree with the former point it is quite clear that the latter is no longer operative. So, is anyone who supported the broad spectrum data gathering rethinking their positions now that there is some serious intimation of wrongdoing?