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  •  I don't think there's much we can do (3+ / 0-)

    to maintain our privacy when we use digital communication technology. Privacy is just not in the nature of the beast.

    The problem as I see it, is not the loss of privacy per se, but rather this god-awful obsession with "terrorism" that we've allowed ourselves to become subject to, and bullied by. This phoney "war" puts the government in an adversarial relationship to the public. It makes us the enemy. Potentially every one of us. It gives our various policing agencies an excuse to nose around in places they have no legitimate reason to be.

    It outfits ordinary cops as if they were military commandos, and encourages them to act as if they were. It conjures up imaginary threats and breeds paranoia. It is worse than useless -- it is positively malignant, and obscenely profitable.

    It is hardly surprising that these "anti-terror" warriors of the NSA and their ilk, would use whatever technology they can develop to accomplish their perceived "mission". But the mission itself is dishonest, wrong-headed, ill-defined, and very dangerous to society. It was devised by, and is maintained by people who do not have our best interests at heart.

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