(Page 2 of 2)
Given the state of technology at the time, Church's anxiety seems almost quaint: telegrams? In the surveillance state's infancy, domestic spying was a comparatively low-tech affair; today, with the federal government er, Hoovering up transactional data on millions of Americans, the possibilities are staggering, as is the potential for abuse.
We shouldn't be too sure it "can't happen here" -- after all, it already did.
This column originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.