Big Brother is Calling to Say Hello

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 Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I found this blog piece at Technorati.com:

  Yes, no surprise to me, the government wants to be able to wire-tap the internet to protect you.  Specifically that means being able to intercept the social media information you send out, unscramble it, and then read what you are saying – all in the name of your protection.  Do you really want some CIA guy knowing everything about your life?
  It is this kind of action by the government that gets me putting on a tin-foil hat but also points to how social media ‘puts you out there’ – as in people who I don’t want to know my business know my business.  Yes, I am not that important, but I believe in privacy and the 4th Amendment. 
  This all goes back to the Patriot Act where ‘for our own good’ we let government violate The Constitution so that they could protect us from terrorists.  You reap what you sow and this is an example of yet if you give someone an inch, they take a mile.  Yes, this is not Nazi Germany and you aren’t going to be rounded up and shot by exercising your right to free speech, but at the same time, do you really believe government has the right to intrude into your own personal life?  It goes beyond the argument of ‘I have nothing to hide’.  That is not the point.  The point is that government explicitly does not have that right, but they (and implicitly we as voters) are allowing themselves this.
Franklin said it best: “A society that will give up a little liberty for a little more safety is neither free nor safe and deserves neither.”
Think about that if this law passes and you are sending some juicy info to your friends via a FB message and you think you may want a security clearance one day…
– G.S.
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