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Privacy vs. Control?
Previous | Next by ben 18 May, 2006 - 8:10 AM

This article has a good point about how the question "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" asserts that it's alright for the government to be watching you.

His argument stems from the base that privacy is an idea rooted in liberty. My argument (and pardon me for not remembering if I've seen it elsewhere) is that this is actually hurting the case of the government to watch us. The basic idea of terrorism is to scare people into allowing that group to achieve their goals. When you start instituting limitations on our liberties, that is changing our way of life, that is succumbing to terror.

Bruce Schneir - the author of this article - hits upon it near the end when he says that with this intrusion "our demeanor has changed, and our words are subtly altered."

Terrorism hits Americans; Americans respond by limiting their own liberty -> terrorism has made us afraid. The response to terrorism should not be to go about under the veil of security and tell people that they must sacrifice their rights. It should be to have people exercise their liberty to its fullest extent. Be free, be yourself and damn anyone else who tries to make you change.

5/21/2006 >> ben

i can see this topic is near and dear to many people..., ;)

5/21/2006 >> muhgcee

I think the reason I didn't comment is because I agree wholeheartedly with that article. Bruce Schneir is incredibly smart, and I find it rather difficult to disagree with anything he has said.

5/22/2006 >> ben

fair enough, that's a good reason

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