If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.
Tech firms have an obligation to comply with reasonable and specific requests, in order to solve and thwart crimes. And it just seems like the right thing to do. With increasing terrorist attacks on soft targets, our domestic and foreign intelligence agencies should not be "handcuffed" while they seek to save lives and solve crimes.
Throughout the week, we discussed the problem of pernicious governmental, corporate and other top-down secrecy involved in globalization that enables large-scale wrongdoing and keeps citizens in the dark about it, making effective solutions and real democracy, and even our collective security, impossible.
The United States Freedom Act does not trouble Intelligence agency leaders. They have widely assumed, as admitted in private statements, that the compromise provisions merely create a few procedural inconveniences that could be circumvented or neutralized by exploiting loopholes - no more than speed bumps.
Americans don't want to have to choose between their privacy rights and protection from another 9/11, or at least maximum efforts to find terrorist threats before they become a reality. The answer avoiding this false choice appears to be the USA Freedom Act, one version of which passed the House of Representatives last week and is now under consideration by the Senate.