Data Collection Trade-Offs

Friday, January 04, 2013


In Philip Bobbitt's 2008 book Terror and Consent: The Wars for the 21st Century, he argues that data collection is an incredibly useful tool that’s fundamentally misunderstood by the public. Brooke talks with Bobbitt about that and the way the media and public also misunderstand warrants. Bobbitt, law professor at Columbia University is author most recently of The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made.


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Steve MacIntyre

One of the most maddening arguments which surveillance-state apologists like Philip Bobbitt employ is to use the failure of the FBI and CIA to do their jobs and prevent the 9/11 attacks from happening in the first place as justification for giving these agencies even more power to surveil the citizenry and intrude into our private lives. The 9/11 attacks were entirely preventable with the legal tools these agencies had at their disposal at the time. Using their incompetence and dereliction of duty to justify handing them even more invasive power over us is insulting and injurious logic.

Jan. 06 2013 12:46 PM

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