I’m mostly just going to quote this Dana Milbank article from the Washington Post, which makes so much sense it’s hard for me to outdo it. So here’s the quote:
“Officials who denied the public a responsible debate on surveillance will now have a debate on Snowden’s terms — and there’s no use in bellyaching about it.”
Indeed. We are now having that debate, and we are very much having it on Snowden’s terms. I wish we could be having it in order to determine what the best security policies for a democratic country are, or to discuss what kind of document should be classified and what kind should not be – but Milbank is right, and there’s no use in my bellyaching about it.
Here’s hoping we might still be able to shift the debate back to more reasonable terms.