I am a pretty regular listener to Stephanie Miller’s radio talk show. Miller herself is quite on point on Edward Snowden and the NSA, but her cohorts on the show, affectionately referred to as “the mooks” often set their everloving hair on fire based on NSA’s intelligence gathering activities. We have discussed the essential nature of signals intelligence on this blog before, and we will do so again, but for the purposes of this post, I want to focus on a rather dumbfounding notion that the Left keeps convincing itself is true: that it is more dangerous for the government to have metadata than for private companies to have it because only the government is empowered to strip one of one’s liberty.
Not only is this patently and provably false in today’s interconnected world, the reverse is closer to the truth. Let me explain.