Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Let's just abolish privacy


NSA, Ft. Meade, MD
Originally uploaded by gerardm15.
Dan Eggen in the Washington Post reports Lawsuits May Illuminate Methods of Spy Program. Seems the National Security Agency is alleged to have been copying nearly every bit of Internet traffic they could get their hands on.

Perhaps, we ought to just take the whole thing to it's ultimate and logical conclusion: all electronic mail and other data is open for anyone to see. No secrets. Not Mr. Bush. Not Mr. Cheney. Not Mr. Stinson. No one. Allow for no privacy, but make it so that it's not just the intelligence community can read it, but everyone. Make all the servers open. Put is all out there. Everything.

And, while we're at it, let's do the same with snail mail. All snail mail should be opened and scanned and the contents put where anyone can find them. And, of course, we could do the same with phone calls. Record everything and make it accessible.

Let's create a society where the only privacy is in an individual's head.

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