Re: Impact on History

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Sep 16 2001 - 16:55:07 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:

> So where's the big sea change? Here it is: what measures would you aprove
> of to prevent, say, a biological warfare attack in midtown Manhattan? The
> answer most Americans would give? "Anything and everything."

More reationally, anything less horrible in immediate and
subsequent suffering than that would be.

> We are about to witness a full out campaign to strengthen the security of
> the "free" world. What does this mean? I'm not sure. But I know it will
> mean a hell of a lot more than just the end of curbside check-in at the
> airport. My guess is that, for good or ill, it will mean the acceleration
> of the transparent society I have called for. It has already resulted in
> the unhindered roll-out of Carnivore by the FBI. I'm sure that there will
> be continual escalation in the use of Carnivore- and Echelon-type
> surveillance for the foreseeable future.

It hasn't resulted in full Carnivore yet, it is simply on the
way if not stopped. Transparency must go both ways to be at all
not dictatorial. And transparency must yield to individual
encryption. Our electronic tools and communications should be
just as sacred and free from arbitrary search and seizure as our
own bodies and minds. Anything less makes increasing technology
an overwhelming potential slave collar.
> I personally believe Tuesday's attack will impact innumerable US policies,
> both foreign and domestic - immigration, budgetary, foreign relations -
> virtually everything. I don't think it will get so far as to result in a
> full on police state, but Big Brother will soon be looking over our
> shoulders like never before and anyone who complains about it will, at best,
> be ignored and, at worst, be given the McCarthy treatment.

Many will do much more than complain. But all too many won't.

- samantha

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