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Outlaws and Databases
Tech Central Station ^ | 12/09/2002 | Arnold Kling

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: awareness; information; total
Interesting article on how to properly regulate "Total Information Awareness" project.
1 posted on 01/21/2003 2:36:29 PM PST by YummiBox
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2 posted on 01/21/2003 2:38:46 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: guaguanco
The big brother database is already here. Has been for some time, but only by different names and departments:

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.

4 posted on 01/21/2003 2:58:52 PM PST by Orangedog (Accept No Substitutes)
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To: guaguanco
How long before you need to show travel documents to cross state lines?

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.

5 posted on 01/21/2003 3:04:45 PM PST by TightSqueeze
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To: guaguanco
Knowledge is power.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
6 posted on 01/21/2003 7:37:33 PM PST by Celtman
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To: YummiBox
FLY your flags (and a British one, too)....and put up your BUSH/CHENEY signs, (and the BIG W's on your SUV's) for the STATE of the UNION next Tuesday, if you support the President and the United States of America. PSST....pass it on.
7 posted on 01/21/2003 9:41:27 PM PST by goodnesswins ((I'm supposed to be working on my book and business, but THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT!))
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To: TightSqueeze
For the last year or so I have been urging people to re-read Orwell's "1984." Scary stuff. In the book and also around town.
8 posted on 01/21/2003 9:48:14 PM PST by upchuck (Tag lines: Breakfast of Champions)
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