Many leading publications are becoming uneasy with all of this, but there is an enormous grey area. Government and Police are often seen as using security protection of all citizens as an excuse to compile data on everyone. Even people who do not offend. Some publication are voicing concerns against government spying along such lines below:
A government's first job is to protect its citizens. But that should be based on informed consent, not blind trust. Our cover leader in most of our editions looks at this point.
Even allowing for the need to keep some things clandestine, Americans, we argue, need a clearer idea of what their spies are doing in their name. In Europe, however, we feature our special report on Germany: the continent's "reluctant hegemon" should now take a firmer lead in the euro zone".
John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief