posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 09:54 PM
This is a very "sticky" issue on the personal level. On one level, a very simplistic view would be to simply say "who cares". After all, I am
not a terrorist, I am not a criminal and I really don't have anything to hide. I suppose that this is a view that many, if not most, people take.
And, in many respects, I would almost agree with these people. After all, I'm not a terrorist or a criminal and I don't have anything to hide.
But there is another way to view this entire privacy issue. I am not a terrorist ---YET, I am not a criminal --- YET and I don't have anything to
hide -- YET. When I say "yet", I am saying that the conditions do not presently exist where I would meet the criteria that the government would set
to consider me a threat or a person of interest. This is not to say that the situation would remain this way. Perhaps at some point it will be a
criminal offense to discuss "conspiracy theories" or politics. Perhaps, at some point, it will be considered terrorism to openly discuss negative
views towards the government. Perhaps, at some point, I will have very good reason to hide my records and existence on the internet. But, of course,
I don't have anything to worry about -- YET.
To say that such conditions do not exist and they could never exist is also very simplistic. Over and over throughout history, people have said that
"it can't happen here" only to discover the enemy at ones doorstep.
I, for one, will begin by deleting Google Desktop from my computer and I will begin to re evaluate my pc security practices...even though I'm not a
terrorist, criminal and that I have nothing to hide.....YET.