Imagine a world in which there is no stigma about illness, in which ailments are not a matter of privacy or lost insurance or jobs, in which we collectively share and learn as much as we can about what afflicts us so it can afflict fewer. It's just data.
The quickest way to describe the 45-minute meeting is as a tug-of-war between two ideas: a) blanket surveillance is fundamentally unconstitutional and needs to stop and b) NSA surveillance programs need to be tweaked to rein in some level of over-reach.
One of the oddest aspects of Barack Obama's presidency is its sometimes quite strange mix of the ultra-politically correct and the anti-politically correct. They've led to some of the most crashingly boneheaded things this White House has done.
If you don't have a will, you're not alone. Nobody likes to think of all the negative scenarios that could interrupt or significantly change our lives, but we have to -- especially if you have children.
Whether PRISM is a secret or a data mining program or not, it still represents the NSA's collection and processing of the data communications of millions and millions of Americans without probable cause.