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  •  Enemy of the State? (2+ / 0-)
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    Nightprowlkitty, NM Ward Chair

    Is that on the DoD DVD program where they duplicate every super weapon seen in the movies?

    Boogedy boogedy boo.

    Do you check your closets at night for evil monkeys?

    •  lol (0+ / 0-)

      nope..but i check your IP address!


      With him from the beginning, with him until the end.

      by brooklynbadboy on Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 08:04:40 PM PDT

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      •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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        NM Ward Chair

        Are you an Admin?

        I don't notice your name on the masthead.

        •  Cmon man.. (0+ / 0-)

          Dude, the point is this-

          We need a new understanding of privacy for the digital age. I'm not saying anyone is out to get YOU or ME or anyone. What I'm saying is that the idea that you have privacy anymore is a MYTH. It wouldn't take me very long to find out who you are and everything about you right here from my laptop. Now I don't want to know because I don't care. But if I were an interested party, like a creditor or a federal agent, I could know. Yes, I can't break into your house. But the fact is I DONT NEED TO. With a name and an address, I can buy your choicepoint file and know all your buying habits.
          These sites that crack cell-phone bills are plentiful in Russia, and outside anyones jurisdiction. Social Security numbers are all over health insurance policies, loan applications, you name it. If youre plugged into this system, you have no privacy. Thats modern life.

          So clinging to this myth that somehow the NSA has engaged in some egregious anal inspection and violation of privacy because they happened to accidentally pick up a cell phone call that was routed through Montreal (because its a packet switched network) is to me just silly and asinine.
          Meanwhile ChoicePoint is selling your buying habits to the direct mail people. Thats why you get letters from lawyers right after you get speeding tickets out of state.

          I can understand why they want the program. I can understand the technical pitfalls. I also understand that it can be wide ranging and out of control, lest it be abused. There has to be a balance. It can't be knee-jerk one way or the other.

          But framing it as a matter of "our freedoms" when that State DL you have in your pocket is frickin public record all over the world, your email is read by ad-bots every day, and every spy agency outside the U.S. is ALREADY spying on you...well, to me it all ads up to irrational jingoism.

          With him from the beginning, with him until the end.

          by brooklynbadboy on Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 08:19:26 PM PDT

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          •  No. The fight to restore privacy has only begun. (1+ / 0-)
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            James Kresnik

            You may, MAY, be correct that many Americans have already given up private information but that does not make it right, much less ideal.  It is time to give serious thought to creating privacy spheres for individuals and families.  It can be done.  We have the tools.  It's a question of political will.

            Send your old shoes to the new George W. Bush library.

            by maxschell on Sun Apr 19, 2009 at 11:45:53 AM PDT

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