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#1 of 2 Old 11-07-2003, 11:28 AM - Thread Starter
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Have we gone too far in the name of security?

This is worth the read. I've posted just a sample...

The Eyes Have It

Recent weeks have brought a slew of stories about the rapid proliferation of routine surveillance. First, Jet Blue violated its own privacy policy by handing over a million passenger names to a Pentagon contractor. Then came the news that the Biloxi, Mississippi school system has installed surveillance cameras in every classroom, and that a number of other schools are doing the same. Taken on their own, these news stories can seem minor, but the political whole of creeping surveillance is greater than the sum of its many disparate parts.
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Recent American history is replete with examples of laws and regulations that were in retrospect completely immoral and illegitimate. Children once worked in coalmines. Women were denied the right to vote until 1920. Blacks were relegated to second-rate public facilities and barred from the polls until 1964. Alcohol was illegal for 12 years, while dumping untreated waste into drinking water was not.

All these unjust rules were changed in large part because people resisted and agitated, often breaking the law to do so. Would social progress like that achieved by the civil right movement been possible in a society of total surveillance and deeply ingrained habitual obedience to any and all authority? No
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Originally posted by barbara
Have we gone too far in the name of security?

My lefty (socialist, not communist) father was politically active during the McCarthy era and was intimately acquainted with the various official and amature controls of the times. He says this is much, much worse.
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