Diary of a Network Geek

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Government Respects Privacy!

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:08 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Now, that’s a news flash!

I work with a guy who just doesn’t see why privacy, especially from a government’s prying eyes, is important. Luckily, there are a lot of folks who get it. And, apparently, they can make their voices heard.
According to this article on Wired News, the DOD has altered the parameters of a proposed tracking and information system in response to concerns over privacy. Also, according to this story on Wired News, the Total Information Awareness program is not going to get funeded. Not even changing the name to the Terrorist Information Awareness program could put enough shine on that rotten apple to sell it. And a good thing, too. If the Patriot Act got a little dicey with our personal liberties, this would have been an out-right invasion of privacy.
But, now that the war on Iraq is won, though not over, cooler heads seem to be prevailing in Washington. About time. Remember what Ben Franklin said… “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. “

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