A couple of weeks ago, when we launched the new Brookings Essay, “The Big Snoop: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorists,” which is about the future of the NSA in the Snowden era, we asked passersby on the street and online visitors about their views on the NSA spying scandal. The feedback ranged from opposition to NSA’s activities to support or at least the “I have nothing to hide” view.
Watch the video of the people who spoke with us on the streets of D.C.:
Here are some of the responses we got on Twitter for your #NSAview:
NSA’s universal scooping is the greatest blow to America’s international credibility since the second Gulf War #NSAview
— Daniel Riaño (@danielrruf) May 3, 2014
#NSAview . NSA and over-techifying is a violation of the Eisenhower Rule: “Beware of the military-industrial complex”.
— Steve Stevenson (@fatmarauder) May 3, 2014
#NSAview Classic insular power culture ignoring doc sworn to defend & genius of founders. individuals are adaptive; institutions aren’t.
— Mark Montgomery (@kyield) May 3, 2014
@BrookingsInst Not Safe for America
— chris (@lazalex2010) April 27, 2014
Here’s a sample of what we heard on Facebook:
Here’s what some people wrote to us online:
ISIS is also keen to target Italy now because it’s one of the few major European countries it hasn’t yet struck. They’re hoping to inspire violence there so that they can say, in effect, 'we’ve already attacked your capitals in London, in Paris, and in Barcelona, and now we’ve attacked Rome. There’s nowhere we can’t reach.'
The [Trump administration's] proposals don't call for constant monitoring once someone is in the country. It seems like [Saipov, the NYC attacker] became much more radical relatively recently. So the ideas on the table don't seem particularly relevant to this attack.
Such unthinking measures [that target Muslims] might benefit Trump politically while inadvertently helping the terrorists operationally.