What World Are These People Living In?

Steve Wozniak (Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images for Best Brands)

When I read things like this, I want to tear what is left of my hair completely out:

In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Thursday night, "Woz" shared his thoughts on the recently revealed NSA surveillance programs.

He admitted to feeling bad for somehow contributing to the "crime," as he called it, and said that computers were created to "free the people up, give them instant communication anywhere in the world, any thought you could share it freely."

"That was going to overcome a lot of the government restrictions," he continued. "We didn't realize that in the digital world, there are a lot of ways to use the digital technology to control us, to snoop on us. In the old days of mailing letters, you licked it, and when you got an envelope that was still sealed, nobody had seen it. You could have private communication. Now they say because it's e-mail, it cannot be private, anyone can listen."  [emphasis, mine]

Wozniak also acknowledged that he was fan of Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor behind the documents leaked to The Guardian and The Washington Post. "I felt about Edward Snowden the same way I felt about Daniel Ellsberg," he said, referring to the famous whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers and exposed the U.S. government's misrepresentation of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Wozniak is from a generation that came of age when J. Edgar Hoover was in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Why we are talking about what is being read or intercepted or listened to is baffling because, in the Hoover era, there were no limits. There wasn't anything the government wasn't doing. And Hoover had an army of people who intercepted the physical snail mail, copied it, filed it, and stored it for perpetuity.

At least when they do that now, it is legal. Or did you forget that you voted for it?

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