Privacy and freedom

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Mon Oct 29 2001 - 17:50:11 MST

On Monday, October 29, 2001 6:52 PM Steve wrote:
> On the other hand, if all my email can be automatically reviewed and
> certain contents trigger a government workers' examination, if my phone
> conversations can be automatically transcribed and certain contents
> trigger a government workers' examination, if all my banking
> transactions can be examined for suspicious activity and certain
> transactions trigger a government workers' examination, and in the
> future my cell phone continuously track my whereabouts, etc., are
> freedoms not under attack? Can all privacy be eliminated and freedoms
> continue to exist "undestroyed?"

I think, if they can, they won't exist for long. Any government powerful
enough to do all that is not even a legislative pen stroke away from taking
away all freedom. The US government already has taken away freedoms long
before September 11. It by no means has a clean record on the freedom
front. It's not the classical liberal night watchman state or the
libertarian wet dream of minimal government. So why trust it with ever more
power? Does anyone seriously think it will not abuse these new powers?


Daniel Ust

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