Beware the G-Man
- 31 Mar 2002
Better check your Data...
The UK has had more security issues than all US governmental bodies added together in recent history...
That we know of or they (the US) are willing to make public. All systems are vulnerable and the US is no better off than the UK. As to this issue of identity, we have lived in a place where we always thought that we had the right to privacy. It has slowly eroded to the point where as you say Mike A "what's the big deal if you are a law abiding citizen?" The big deal is that slowly and methodically we are be stripped of our privacy. So you have/had a relative that was or is an extreme Islamic Isolationist. That is not the only type of terrorist they are looking for. They also look for the "home grown" type. Citizens that are disillusioned with there Governments and whatnot. So how do we know who would be listed? It leaves everything too open for the Government. Today they say only X people, then a year or 2 from now they say the Y and Z people also because of blah blah blah... And before you know it it's everyone. Why not just tattoo a bar code on the back of our necks? Then they can just scan us. Or maybe an implant like they have for dogs and cats so they know who we are and where we are from. It can go on and on. As the saying goes, "if you give 'em an inch they'll take a foot". Here in the US it use to be that if a Law Enforcement Officer asked you for your ID you could deny them, "Probable Cause" and all that stuff. Now with the way the Patriot Act has it any time any Law Enforcement Officer asks, no matter how trivial the situation may be, you have to show it to them. Or you can be arrested. They can ask just on a whim and you have to. So how much of your privacy are you really willing to give up? Let's just make all our lives a reality show. That way everyone can see everything.