Skip to comments.Outlaws and Databases
Posted on 01/21/2003 2:36:29 PM PST by YummiBox
A folk song that was popular in my childhood describes a utopia of ineffective jails and crippled policemen.
"In the Big Rock Candy Mountain the cops have wooden legs" --"The Big Rock Candy Mountain" (attributed to Harry McClintock, popularized by Burl Ives)
The notion that we are better off with impaired police is widespread, particularly with regard to surveillance and databases. The recent revelation that the Defense Department has a project headed by John Poindexter to create a surveillance database called the "Total Information Awareness System" provoked a hostile response from William Safire and the Washington Post editorial page, among others.
I agree with Greg Buete, who is willing to approach the concept of a nationwide surveillance database with an open mind. I would argue that such a database, if properly regulated, would be far less threatening to our freedom and privacy than the likely alternatives.
If we don't want government security agencies to know too much, we could pass laws banning anyone with an IQ over 85 from playing any role in homeland security. The way I see it, prohibiting a surveillance database is like enacting an IQ limit for our security systems....
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The feds know when you spend over $9999 at one time, compliments of the war on drugs.
If you move money around in your bank accounts "in a suspiscous manner", the feds get a fax from your bank, for the above mentioned "war" on drugs.
When you apply for a job, any job, the feds get a report from the perspective employer because of the "war" on single fathers who can't afford to pay the ex wife what some industry hack (Re: judge) says he can afford to pay.
I could go on all night. Big brother isn't just now showing up, he's been hanging around for years.
Not to worry the bastards will just place everyone under house-arrest.
You will be allowed out only to work, go to school and of course attend the State-Church. Some will even be allowed to buy at the State-Store but only if you have been previously marked.
No travel doc's necessary, your implanted chip will always know who you are and even more important where you are.
It will come to be known as Liberty-Lite, less freedom, more safety.
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