Turley on C-Span

I will be on C-Span’s Washington Journal this morning discussing privacy and other issues in a call-in program.

The program will focus on the loss of privacy in America and other recent columns.

Here is the interview.

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33 thoughts on “Turley on C-Span”

  1. Here is the thing. When u leave the comforts of your home, the only place privacy is expected with the exception of a public restroom. U are subject to the ( public ). Public; publicity; out in the open for all to see, observe, and survey. This is nothing new. The only thing that has changed is those being watched and now that the all seeing eye has expanded its view, the new individuals being watched and recorded are now concerned. When it was those people being watched it was okay, now that the focus is on ” YOU ” now its time to speak out of how wrong it is. ” Injustice for one is an injustice for all “. Don’t fight for personal battles only, fight all the wrongs you see or know of being subjected to all. I believe its called being compassionate and building character.

    However, if your personal space/privacy is being invaded by whoever, the invader should be subjected to the fullest extent of the law. Even if it is the law.


  2. Johnice, I’m 68. It’s only good having experience if you understand what to learn from it. Not meaning to be condescending but NEITHER cameras nor guns should be proprietary in a democracy. It’s one of the things (ubiquitous cameras; guns as well) that felt creepy in Ukraine where I visited about 10 years ago.

    Please don’t tell me 911 changed everything.

  3. Johnice,

    I’m 66 years old and find your level of fear to be most interesting, although anomalous to mne. You have my sympathies for having to have lived with such disquietude.

  4. The blockade to participation posed by red/blue monopolies must be overcome. The use of the INTERSTATE COMPACT clause to promote regionalism is one mechanism to prune the governments tree and promote efficiencies compatible with other corporate reorganizations.
    The need for UNIVERSAL NATIONAL SERVICE by all citizens over the age of 18 for two years (carry a bedpan, shovel or gun) with promote national commitment and demand that all have a “skin in the game”.
    I hope that you agree.
    I will follow your postings . Thank you

  5. Johnice,
    I am only 60 years old, and I have not experienced the level of fear that you seem to be living under. The Big bad boogey man isn’t hiding behind every tree. It is ok to come out and live your life without fear. Let’s see your evidence that cameras on the street reduce crime.

  6. National security and xenophobia seem to be the impulses swinging the pendulum towards Totalitarianism. Unfortunately, we have too many powerful zealots (IMO) in our government and in our populace who are actively pushing us along this path. If those in government do not fear being voted out, then we need to implement term limits and campaign finance reforms.

  7. I saw your interview this morning and was impressed with how you articulated America’s privacy concerns. What you said about citizens hanging on to anonymity versus privacy really hit home with me. I have never really considered the difference before. As a 24 year old, I don’t feel that I enjoy much privacy, but I strive for anonymity as often as I can get it. I even moved to NYC this year to feel like I can blend into the background and have more “privacy.” I would love more information about how privacy used to work and where you think we are heading. Any book suggestions? Thanks, and I look forward to following your blog from now on!

  8. I saw your cspan appearance & it is true that most of us are disenfranchised by our reps. One ca speak all they want to their reps but if they are driven by ideology-they don’t represent the citizen’s views-or at least a middle road approach. And it’s true most will get back in be/c the media is the driver of campaigns w/ this red-blue mentality. None of these people represent us. Activist judges-too many of them. Ginsburg, Breyer bellieve we should follow international law. These 2 would assume do away with the death penalty which is still needed, but not do away with abortion. That police racial bias case in New Haven-these 2 would assume toss any test out if minorities failed it. Well what’s wrong then when a white person passes it-is that some kind of travesty? Likewise the Piscataway NJ reverse discrimination case of the white teacher who was laid off. I followed that case closely in college. I thought all of us were equal or is it some are more equal than others. The dismissal of the white teacher was clearly a case of reverse discrimination. Another farce was the New London case of eminent domain & there I blame Kennedy. What gives the govt. the right to take a person’s beach property? What we need is term limits. Today’s pols run & win by being bankrolled by certain groups & they pledge to represent the ideology of those groups. On surveillance & privacy: big issue. We are conditioning our citizenry to believe that it is okay to fleece some grandma’s diaper or some baby’s diaper. This is all a dog & pony show-it’s not about terrorists. We are not the terrorists. The invasion of privacy has gone to far but the ideology varies by politica affiliation. E.g. pro-abortionists will argue for the right to privacy-where is this in the constitution? How about the 1st amendment taking precedence. Do you know I can’t even friend my athletes I coach on Facebook as if all of us are labeled as moral delinquents. Since when is this anyone’s business. And then you had Bush wanting to know whether any Americans were taking out any particular books out of the library. It doesn’t end. Frankly none of these people learned anything about Madison. It’s all about keeping power. They are no different than the nobles of the Middle Ages-all corrupt. I hope they all burn.

  9. Religionists get all the privacy they prey for, the government takes all the privacy it preys for, and the rest of us get all the privacy we pay for.

    American “freedom” is the most expensive there is, and it is of the lowest quality there is.

  10. Outstanding discussion this morning!



    I’m sixty-five. I also have experience from which to speak–and I agree with Professor Turley.

  11. Mr. Turley,

    I listened to you this morning on Washington Journal, I disagree with you on so many levels yet, the one thing I choose to address is the issue of surveillance. I am so upset at your stand on this I can only state the fact that: IT IS BETTER TO BE FOLLOWED BY A CAMERA THAN A GUN!

    Cameras reduce the crime rate and those who are willing to commit a crime on camera are swimming upstream in waders. Knowing that cameras are active where I travel beyond my residence is so comforting I cannot express or quantify the feeling. I am so pleased you are NOT in a position to affect the area in which I live.

    The Constitution was written in a century without electricity much less the technology we have today and if that were not enough to consider, try this: the country has expanded, as has the population, with the percentage of expansion comes a plethora of necessary changes in lifestyle and laws to safeguard individual physical safety.

    I am over 65, so I have a bit of life experience from which to speak!

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