“Big Brother” Bush and Connecting the Data Dots

by | Jun 26, 2006 | Stress Blog

Jonathan Turley writes about the death of privacy in America, “not with a fight, but a yawn.”

“For most of our history, one of the greatest protections for civil liberties has been the practical inability of the government to surveil a large number of citizens at one time. In the last couple of decades, those technological barriers have fallen away.

“In the meantime, the Supreme Court has removed legal barriers to the government’s acquisition of personal information by allowing it to obtain the records of banks, telephone companies and other businesses without a warrant. This combination of legal and technological changes has laid the foundation for a fishbowl society in which citizens can be objects of continual surveillance.”

In case anyone learned from the Liddy show or some crap that there is no right to privacy because it isn’t specified in the Bill of Rights, Wrong!

The first, fourth, fifth and ninth amendments recognise the natural right to privacy, and the tenth forbids the national government from exercising any power not expressly delegated to them.

In Armed Madhouse, Greg Palast has a whole thing about Bearing Point and other “private KGB’s” who sell all their data to the state.

I am convinced that all good men owe it to the rest to oppose all state activity of any description. As long as we’re begging for a little of our own money back in this form or that, we have no standing to oppose them when they unveil the new DNA database.

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