Saturday, January 21, 2006

"No one will be safe until everyone's a suspect"

Connie Chung and Mr. Povich have come out strong for the abolition of the fourth Amendment. They showed clips of Cheney and Bush saying that they were not violating the fourth Amendment rights of Americans talking about their church suppers or little league baseball games. This was quickly followed by a Povich classic that normal Americans going about their daily lives, and a threatening voice over suggesting that within our seemingly most peaceful social congregations, there were terrorists. Clips included and “evil clown,” probably Gracie, and street scenes which flashed to photographic negatives with “scary” music.

Connie Chung followed this ridiculous bit with the words, “While the President’s actions might be illegal, American must ask themselves, should we give up some of our rights now to protect ourselves from losing them all in the future?” Ignoring Franklin’s obviously on-point rejoinder, why should we believe that a terrorist attack would cause us to lose our rights? Did the terrorists invade our privacy on 9/11, did they arrest our citizens and hold them Eastern European torture chambers? Did the terrorists record tens of thousands of telephone conversations? Say what you want about the very real dangers of terrorist attacks, but don’t pretend that they are taking our freedoms away. That job, today as it has always been, belongs to the Republican Party and the so-called “libertarians” who support it.

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Blogger Zeppellina said...

Demotiki, Cyberpols,

Everyone IS about to become a suspect...the US govt has been putting pressure on the internet servers to hand over their search engine records. Yahoo and other search engines have already complied, but Google have refused.

Google holds untold amounts of information on us all, our urls, our real names, our computer ID`s, every search we have ever made,our personal bank account numbers for our adsense
accounts, every blog conversation on any subject we have ever made, every on-line political comment....
and so on, and so on.....
The Justice dpt is setting the precedent by saying it is for the crackdown on the porn industry, but other servers quietly handed over information and it never made the news.
The only reason it is out there now is because Google have refused, and the US govt is going legal.
If Google lose this coming battle, the next time the US govt insist on the handover of records, it won`t be
news, only next time it won`t be about porn....it will be the war on terrorism, or homeland security.....

It wasn`t so long ago that a US govt wrecked the lives of thousands of people with the question
"Are you, or have you ever been a memmber of ........."

That amount of personal information in the hands of one govt or country is downright dangerous....

Civil Rights?.......
and it gets worse, from Minjok...

"Congress is debating an extension of the Patriot Act, which dramatically expanded the government's ability to obtain private data. And congressional hearings are expected soon on the legality of a National Security Agency program to track communications by U.S. citizens without prior court approval."

Do a Google search on `US govt demands Google records`, and see how it is building.
Everyone is about to become a suspect.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:32:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Zep,

You are right, the Administration has taken a "no holds barred" approach to political dominance. They realize that the search engines have a fantastic trove of data that they can use to "fight the war on terror" but also to win elections.

There might be a hidden agenda as well. Google is a very powerful corporation run by a couple of democrats. Existing large corporations are run by Republicans who would like to see Google taken down a few pegs. By forcing Google to share valuable customer information, the Feds are lowering the companies' net worth, possibly to the tune of billions of dollars. The stock already fell dramatically on Friday, look for more declines. So much for the "free market."

Sunday, January 22, 2006 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Here's a big indicator that the government's "blame porn" justification is a smokescreen: Turns out there's already companies that make publicly available keyword usage in search engines. They're called Wordtracker and my company has used them for years. You can find out what people are searching for easily with a number of other Free tools.

Essentially the government is actively seeking a showdown with the Internet giants in order to more easily pressure them for the real goods later - IP address and geolocation of individuals. That's when the real Orwellian shit begins.

Monday, January 23, 2006 2:19:00 PM  

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