Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Maybe Enough is Enough


Nearly 50 years ago, A LIFE cover story warned that the government is snooping on Americans far too much. Some of that story could have been written this week, amid revelations that the Obama administration is collecting Americans’ phone records.
Here, we look back at the details of that very cover story.

In a LIFE cover story from May 20, 1966, the magazine examined just how prevalent Federal wiretapping and eavesdropping had become. “The government has been electronically spying on its citizens for years,” John Neary wrote of the latest surveillance techniques. “Despite the protection against invasion of privacy afforded by the fourth Amendment to the Constitution, bugging is so shockingly widespread and so increasingly insidious that no one can be certain any longer that his home is his castle—free of intrusion.” As for safeguarding our privacy, Neary concluded, “The technology of snooping has so outdistanced the law that controls are all but nonexistent.”

More here.  

Thanks Mudwerks.

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