More of us, including the new generation, are becoming aware of what the report "Surveillance in the Homeland" (Truth Out, Aug. 22) describes as the state of our personal privacy: "Our phone calls, our emails and web site visits, our financial records, our travel itineraries, and our digital images captured on powerful surveillance cameras are swelling the mountain of data that is being mined (by the Obama administration) for suspicious patterns and associations."
This ceaseless surveillance was unimaginable to America's founders, of course, because such technology was nonexistent in their time. But can we call ourselves a self-governing constitutional republic when we are subject to this increasingly familiar government invasion by local as well as federal government officials? I heard this recently from Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, where I live: "When you see something, say something!"Like what? It's up to us to make what connection? No hint for us?