As someone who grew up watching Star Trek, I have always admired the intellectual integrity and moral courage of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. In an episode from season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Drumhead,” Picard demonstrates why when he shields a crewman from the witch hunt of a paranoid admiral. The NSA’s PRISM program made me think of the stirring speech Picard gave against compromising civil liberty for any reason.
“With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” … The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.