David Simon responds to Maciej Ceglowski
I continue to be impressed at the number of good arguments on both sides of this issue. That it makes people as uncomfortable as it does indicates to me a gulf between the government’s credibility over the last decade and the value of its efforts. I think we like to imagine government agents like in the movies, where they can pull together all sorts of data onto cool-looking screens and then find the bad guys. But while we’re imagining the agents in that movie, we’re also imagining dystopian movies based on a premise requiring the government to have access to the exact same amount of data.
Basically, I think we need to be shown that the government understands these concerns, and that it’s installing reasonable checks and balances accordingly. It’s right–wise, even–to mistrust the government. Hopefully the phone data and PRISM stories will let us take a look at how many rights we’ve ceded and come up with a reasonable middle ground.