Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. (February 2014)
In addition to infringing on privacy in vast areas of our lives, the NSA’s spying poses a global threat to freedom of expression over the Internet.
As a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, I used to think nothing of scooping up the phone numbers that a suspect called. Today, by contrast, when I look at the government’s large-scale electronic surveillance of private communications, I see an urgent need to rethink the rationale—and legal limits—for such intrusion.