VentureBeat published an opinion piece yesterday titled, “” The author, Khari Johnson, rightly points out that, with the current pandemic, it’s more than our health on the line — it’s also our privacy.

Johnson argues, “If you value privacy and due process or you don’t like the idea of handing federal law enforcement the ability to indefinitely detain people during a pandemic, then do your part to flatten the curve.”

However, Johnson’s recommendation doesn’t go far enough. There is a lot more we need to do than simply protect ourselves from infection. Our leaders now seek powers that no one would think justifiable under normal conditions. In many ways, the United States government’s response to COVID-19 goes beyond the NSA in the years after 9/11

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