The arrest of the Boston Marathon bomber, the new disclosures about NSA surveillance and data mining, and our continuing use of drones to assassinate high-value targets have produced a perfect storm of debate over how best to protect our nation while preserving our civil liberties.
Privacy is not an abstraction. The generations of survivors of tyrannical states came to America reveled in the confidence that a letter posted in the U.S. mail wouldn't be read by the secret police. Are we ready to tell them otherwise?
As a State Department whistleblower, I think a lot about Edward Snowden. I can't help myself. Here are five things that I imagine were on his mind (they would have been on mine) as that plane took off.