William Thien

The Not So Obvious Effects of Snowden’s NSA Disclosure

Posted on: June 25, 2013

In a public venue the other day I heard two teenagers discussing a text message to someone. I happened to overhear one of them say, “No way, dude. The NSA!” He whispered with raspy emphasis. Later in the week I overheard a conversation in a public place where an elderly lady said to a middle-aged man, “No, I don’t want that to happen. I don’t want the government thinking I’m a terrorist.” The elderly lady was clearly over seventy years old.

I had to laugh a bit. If teenagers and seventy year old ladies are concerned about being monitored by The NSA and being labeled terrorists, that may be the very definition of “a chilling effect,” a chilling effect in its purest form.

Copyright © William Thien 2013

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