Liberty, Safety and Prism

Quite recently new light has been shone on the clandestine surveillance practices done in the name of keeping us "safe", courtesy of the now fleeing Edward Snowden. Now while there has been talk of the legality of such an endeavour, I feel that we would be better suited to discussing the ethics of it, or necessity of it depending on where people stand.

Are we better off giving up our liberty for security, or to quote Benjamin Franklin "they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety".

Addendum:

I wanted to move up the date for this meetup from our regular time before we all forget the story and move on. (Conspiratorial Epiphany) Like they want us to do (/Conspiratorial Epiphany)

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  • Eoin B.

    So what's the dealio with an August meetup?? I'm jonsing enough from the lack of a Socrates Cafe this month!!

    August 17, 2013

    • Robert

      Well Pedro is quite busy and I won't be here next Wednesday. I though of putting something up for the following week but that doesn't give people much time. However we aren't the Socrates cafe, it's not just the two of use who can make suggestions anyone is welcome and encouraged to suggest a meetup for any time.

      1 · August 17, 2013

  • Dan

    Where abouts were you all in the gresham the lobby area ?

    July 19, 2013

  • Jennifer O.

    Very interesting, long ranging discussion. Will definitely go again.

    July 18, 2013

  • Grzegorz

    Very vivid yet orderly discussion, I enjoyed it a lot. Time well spent

    July 18, 2013

  • elizabeth

    had a great night thanks to everyone for organizing it. see you next time. (:

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • D

    If I am free I will be there.

    July 16, 2013

  • benjamin

    sounds good, actually France is at loggerhead with the usa at the moment but cannot do anything without EU.
    Let s see how they will take care of it.

    July 4, 2013

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