George Takei, the actor who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, has an important perspective on the NSA’s domestic spying program. As a child, he was one of over 100,000 Americans to be “relocated” to an internment camp, due to fears that anyone with Japanese heritage might turn on the U.S. So he understands better than most why civil liberties are important.
“We know where this can go,” he said recently. “We have to be ever vigilant against overstepping of the fundamental ideals of our democracy.”