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The 'Privacy' Jihad

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Bob Goates
04-08-2004
11:31 AM ET (US)
Good article. I fear government control of information, including use of what should be private information. And I fear, almost as much, an oligarchy controlling public information. (BTW, your point about the Internet reducing such possibilities is important, and we need to protect Internet freedom.) BUT, it is also dangerous to let such fears take us to extremes. If the government had significantly abused its powers of information collection I think we would ALL know about it. I'm ready to strongly oppose such abuse, but I believe preemptive opposition has perhaps gone too far. The Western world is involved in a war against guerrilla forces, and losing that war would likely bring far greater loss of freedom. The government needs effective tools to fight that war, and we the public need to keep careful watch that those tools are not abused.
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shaggy
04-08-2004
10:42 AM ET (US)
Your research is weak. Failing to find information after asking a few friends is hardly grounds to say there isn't any.

That having been said, I don't have much either but I'm hardly an expert.

This is a link to a page in the John Kerry for President website. It reads like a campaign speech because that's basically what it is but it has a few infringements listed.
http://johnkerry.com/issues/100days/civil_liberties.html

In it, I remember reading his plan to make sure the patriot act was actually used aginst terrorists. To show need for such a plan he cited an instance where some state legislature (sp?) had left the state in order to use quarum laws to force an issue (I don't remember if it was Texas or not but it was a lot like it). The Texas supreme court has ruled that such action is perfectly legal but under the patriot act, they were tracked by sattelite, found, arrested and brought home so that they could vote

I'd say that's the biggest and most frightening infringement imaginable because now the patriot act is used to influence politics.
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taggart
04-08-2004
06:01 AM ET (US)
To quote _The_Princess_Bride_,

"Truly, you have a dizzying intellect."
http://storm.prohosting.com/jklotzba/princess/dizzying.wav
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Tim ChambersPerson was signed in when posted
04-08-2004
05:08 AM ET (US)
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