Over at The Umlaut, I try to articulate why even people who have “nothing to hide” should be concerned about NSA surveillance:
I have no doubt that Prism is a helpful tool in combatting terrorism and enforcing the law, as the Obama administration claims. But ubiquitous surveillance doesn’t just help enforce the law; it changes the kinds of laws that can be enforced. It has Constitutional implications, not just because it violates the Fourth Amendment, which it does, but because it repeals a practical barrier to ever greater tyranny.
Read the whole thing, and pass it on.