reply to post by ArtemisE
Why hasn't anyone insisted on a law specific to privacy? One that reads something like this:
Privacy is a basic human right. No entity has the right to invade anyone's privacy. Anyone found in violation of this law shall be stripped of
their citizenship and all benefits thereof. If a corporation is found to be in violation of this law, all employees drawing a salary equal to or
greater than half the median annual household income are complicit. You will leave this country within the next six hours or be executed. If you
choose to leave, you will leave naked. You may walk into an adjacent country if they are willing to accept you within the time constraints, or you
may swim from the beach.
Decades ago I found myself in the Middle East. I frequented a convenience store close to where I was living. One day I saw a wallet left carelessly
on the counter. I pointed it out to the clerk who nodded at me in acknowledgement. It was there the next day, and everyday, untouched ... for a week
at least. When it disappeared, I laughed and asked if the owner had finally come back for it. I was told a
had secured it. Now, why do you think it sat there untouched for so long?
In Muslim countries where Sharia Law is practiced, taking something which does not belong to you results in the removal of your right hand. Might
seem harsh, but it makes the point here. If you want something to stop happening, you must define what it is you want stopped and a penalty harsh
enough to ensure: 1. That everyone knows what not to do. 2. Nobody wants that punishment to happen to them. OBTW, there's another law that fits
this one like a glove (or a sock depending on your perspective). Anyone who seeks to avoid punishment loses a foot as well. I think this was to keep
people from running ... but I'm not an expert on their law either. You don't have to be when the consequences are so harsh. Everyone knows the
difference between right and wrong. Do no wrong ... and there's nothing to fear except the liar. Liars get their tongues yanked out of their mouths
and sliced off. Oh yeah ... and it's not a crime to lie to a non-Muslim. LOL
Now I get it that people are upset about the NSA. You want that curbed ... a good start would be to limit the employment of anyone holding a position
of trust or responsibility to either a Soldier or a Civil Servant ... no more GDd contractors. Those assigned to such position must be subject to an
annual polygraph examination ... miss (or fail) your exam and you're fired. Can't get on the exam schedule ... no more clearance. I will guarantee
you this ... almost nothing (comparatively) the government does afterwards would be classified.
You think it's bad now. You think that facility they're throwing up in the desert is only about 'data storage'? Everything you're concerned
about is almost to the point of being fully automated. A computer is going to identify threats and print out a report with virtually no human hand
touching it until a target has been identified. You might even think I'm kidding, but you're already a day late and a dollar short to stop it at
this point. There's no law I'm aware of which prohibits the automated collection and processing of information on you. There's no law prohibiting
a person (corporations included in that definition) from ratting you out. Go and look.
You folks who worry about the government having access to this information have shot way over the mark. It's not the government you should be
worried about, it's the collection apparatus and the aggregation process. The corporation and people you know hold all of this information in an
unclassified format. The government only gets it when the corporation wants to turn it over
... or when they're ordered to by the court/law.
Sure, it's the government that holds the stick ... but it's the corporation who holds the leash.
Limit the size of government, and intelligence resources you keep on the payroll will have to busy themselves exclusively with the foreign threat.
Require corporate reforms for the rest of it. Again, unfortunately, it's too late. Corporate financing now drives the political process, and it's
going to take violence to wrest that power away from TPTB.