(National Review) — elf-proclaimed civil libertarians are up in arms over the National Security Agency’s massive database containing information about whom we call and what we do on the Web. Defenders of the program say, “So what?” Unless you’re a terrorist, no one in the government will ever bother to access that information.

That’s not good enough, say civil libertarians.

“At least 850,000 people have security clearances that give them access to this information,” Tiffiniy Cheng of Fight for the Future recently wrote on the Huffington Post. “That’s the size of Boston. Imagine if they leak information about a politician or business leaders’ personal life — what about a prominent activist? The opportunities for abuse and blackmail are endless; despite what some members of Congress have claimed, the history of government surveillance programs is riddled with abuses.”

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