Thursday, January 05, 2006

Let's Think This Through Logically...

The administration is arguing that its ability to conduct warrantless surevillance of known terrorists has prevented additional terrorist attacks - and could have prevented 9-11.

Well, that's a good thing, isn't it?

Of course, the occasional non-terrorist may get swept up in the net, but if it helps to protect us, then we need to be willing to take that risk. Right? Those are the sacrifices we must make in order to protect - guarantee, even - our security.

After all, if you're not doing anything wrong, then why worry about someone listening in or looking at your stuff? You have nothing to worry about. Right?

So, if wiretapping phone calls helps protect us, why not also read their emails and open their snail mail? I'm sure that also could have helped to prevent 9-11.

Now, there must be some folks out there who are scheming to do some pretty bad things - and the government probably doesn't know a thing about them. Wouldn't it be helpful if the NSA - or CIA or Office of the Vice President - could also listen in on their phone calls, read their emails, and potentially learn about what evil they may be plotting? Shouldn't we do everything in our power to identify and catch as-yet-unknown evildoers?

There are some pretty powerful data mining technologies out there that could enable the government to "scan through" mountains and mountains of all of our stuff - cell phone calls, personal and business email, private snail mail, what web sites you surf (yikes!). Why shouldn't the government, which is first and foremost charged with protecting national security, have free and easy access to all that stuff - in order to find the needle in the haystack? It could prevent future 9-11's, couldn't it?

After all, if you're innocent, you have nothing to be concerned about.

Right?

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