The World in 2:00 – December 21, 2015

The World in 2:00 – December 21, 2015

By Luke Vargas   

Democrats debate America's role in the world and the limits of surveillance.

From Manchester, NH, this is your “World in 2:00.” I’m your host Luke Vargas for Talk Media News.


The three democratic presidential candidates debated here in New Hampshire over the weekend.

National frontrunner Hillary Clinton showed little willingness to keep pivoting to the left, which the insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders caused her to do in recent months.

Consider these remarks by Sanders and Clinton:

SANDERS: “I worry too much that Secretary Clinton is too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be.”

CLINTON: “If the United States does not lead, there is not another leader. There is a vacuum.”

SANDERS: “Can I just say this…”

CLINTON: “And we have to lead, if we’re going to be successful.”

On cyber security, Clinton rejected the notion of forcing tech companies to handover so-called backdoor access to encrypted networks to law enforcement.

“I would not want to go to that point. I would hope that, given the extraordinary capacities that the tech community has and the legitimate needs and questions from law enforcement, that there could be a Manhattan-like project, something that would bring the government and the tech communities together to see they’re not adversaries, they’ve got to be partners.”

Matthew Masur is an Associate Professor of History at St. Anselm College, and he found the reference to the nuclear weapons project of the 1940’s to be an odd one.

“I don’t know if there’s a lot of interest in a project of that magnitude. The Manhattan Project, I think it cost something like $2 billion in 1940’s Dollars, which is $25 billion, I think, today.”

Not to mention, the Manhattan Project had a clear objective. While Clinton said government and the private sector should collaborate, she’s yet to say on what exactly, and how compromise is possible if there can be no backdoors into encryption.

Alas, debates are about posturing.


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