Despite the shocking revelations coming out about how the government is engaging in widespread spying and data collection on the American people, a new poll shows that a majority are ok with the practice. That’s a truly unbelievable number, and Glenn laid out why every American needs to be concerned on the radio show.
A majority of Americans – 56% – say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism, though a substantial minority – 41% – say it is unacceptable. And while the public is more evenly divided over the government’s monitoring of email and other online activities to prevent possible terrorism, these views are largely unchanged since 2002, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Glenn said that this is a sign that people need to be educated on the implications of this scandal.
“What does it mean if somebody can listen to you, if somebody can record all of your conversations? Most people think that you can’t do anything ‑‑ ‘I’m not doing anything wrong.’ Understand that you’re not doing anything wrong now. You’re living a good and decent life. But depending on who has power, they can use this information against you,” Glenn said.
Even if you’re living a good life and have nothing in your past that you would ever be embarrassed to have exposed, you may have family and loved ones who may have done something stupid thinking they were anonymous.
“Are you sure your kids aren’t spouting something stupid on the Internet?” he asked. ”
“Are you telling me that something innocent that you’re doing can’t ever be used against you? America, wake up. Wake up. Not for you but for our kids. What happens to this surveillance state when they cannot escape?” Glenn said.