Re: Does This Worry You?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Sep 18 2001 - 17:30:18 MDT

"Harvey Newstrom" <> writes:

> Olga Bourlin wrote,
> > This doesn't look good to me:
> >,1283,46852,00.html
> >
> > Senate OKs FBI Net Spying
> > By Declan McCullagh
> All these systems, procedures and activities were already in place before
> the attack. They were kept quiet and occasionally investigated by congress.
> Now in light of the recent terrorist attacks these things are being publicly
> justified. Nothing has really changed. Even the proposed restrictions on
> encryption were already being pushed by the current administration before
> the attack. This is business as usual, with just more honesty about what
> they are doing.

This is only "business as usual" in the sense that there has been a push to do
such things and worse for some time. What is not "business as usual" is that
many people in their fear and desire to do something may agree to throw away
a lot of liberty and privacy where they would not be likely to do so before.
There is ample reason to fear this. Ignore it at your peril.

- samantha

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