Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What are the alternatives?

I feel a little dumb asking this question, but if it's been answered in the news media or other sources, I've missed it.

I am among the many who deplore the massive collection of data by the NSA and the lack of transparency which accompanies that collection.  We knew dimly that it might be taking place, as a result of the Patriot Act of a decade ago, and we are divided on whether Edward Snowden acted courageously or traitorously.

My question is "what is the alternative to cybersnooping, collection of data from all Americans in an effort to uncover terrorist activities which will harm the American people?"  I have heard only the dismay and anger caused by this action by our government agencies and nothing about alternatives which might be used instead.

How are we to protect our nation in this cyberage?  How else might we discover the sources of harm to our people?  We deplore the diminishment of privacy for all American citizens, but what is the alternative?

I strongly believe that, in order to protest effectively, we need to advance better alternatives to the objectionable actions we deplore.

I am interested in your thoughts.