boutique freedom vs. "wholesale breach of privacy"

Oops, the NSA accidentally and illegally scooped up "56,000 “wholly domestic” communications each year."  But you don't need to worry yourself, John and Jane Q. Public, it was just an accident.

“This was not in any respect an intentional or wholesale breach of privacy of American persons,” Robert S. Litt III, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence, said Wednesday.

No, that "wholesale breach of privacy" is what the NSA is doing legally by gathering every phone call and every internet search.

This implies that freedom is rapidly becoming a boutique item, like those enjoyed not by our reassured Mr and Ms Q. Publics, but by that smaller number of one percenters, knowwhatI'msayin?


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