Why is it even important… and why should I care? I’ll get to the why…
Recently the Dems and GOP have been fussing about what is or isn’t spying. It doesn’t take exceptional intelligence to figure which side has staked their position in the debate in the Land of Dumb… Is it spying or surveillance? That seems to be the crux of the debate.
SPY ∙ verb
- work for a government or other organization by secretly collecting information about enemies or competitors.
- observe (someone) furtively.
- discern or make out, especially by careful observation.
SURVEILLANCE ∙ noun
- close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.
Is there really a difference? Is any difference enough to matter? If not, then what is at play?