Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Domestic Spying

Why are certain politicians so fired up over domestic spying? It happens every day and one does not need CIA, NSA, FBI, or you pick the initials to do it. People talking on their cell phones in public places allow themselves to by spied on by whom ever is sitting near them. In an airport I once learned all about the recruiting being done for a college basketball team beacuase the scout was sitting behind me talking on his cell phone in a normal speaking voice. If everyone is so concerned about privacy then why don't they act like when in public places?

I don't have a cell phone, nor do I plan to get one. I won't be spied on! Of course I do use Google a lot, so they probably know more about me than my own mother. Woops.


Blogger Dave said...

I have to admit I'm of two minds on this issue. If you imagine that the government can keep track of the millions of phone calls made every day you can start to see how your phone calls don't really matter.

Yet when I think about how companies already keep track of your purchases and then try to see you products you might be interested in you have to wonder what algorythms the government uses to weed through those calls.

When I buy a gift for someone on Amazon, even as a joke, it goes into Amazon's database entries for me. Now when I log onto Amazon I get offered things I have absolutely no interest in.

So, when you talk about Government Monitoring you have to wonder what exactly they use to focus on who they focus on and how they draw conclusions about the information they've gathered. The real concern is not whether you're doing something wrong, it's what can be misinterpreted as wrong and the fallout that could insue.

How exactly do they come up with the No Fly List? What other programs might be implimented that might list you just because you call the Bodego across the street every morning to see if they have the new issue of Maxim.

I think I wrote this before, you're never alone and your never safe, but you should at least have the illusion of it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 9:09:00 PM  
Blogger Gaius Germanicus said...

Can't we get rid of the problem of spying by agreeing to just give them all the info. Spying is secret. If you give someone permision they can't violate you. Think about everything this applies to. Caught you Dave! The first thing you thought about was sex. The rest of you maybe Chamberlain and Germany, the again maybe not. I think you have friends Dave. Anyway, you can only be spied upon if you don't want to be spied upon. So mandatory "transparency" would just get rid of spying altogether. And its not like our government would ever use it on us, I mean come-on, really. Its to protect us silly.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

...said the man using an alias. I understand your irony, but this is a real issue. Transparency or no it's the interpretation of information that's the problem. WMDs anyone? Slamdunk.

I wonder how much more efficient the fascists would have been if they had the information that the average person with a home computer has access to. Let alone Sen. Joe McCarthy.

Granted the law could get access to your phone records before all this, but that was when you were under suspision of a crime. The phone companies just handed over their records against their own privacy policies.

Before the newspapers announced all this I had assumed they were monitoring the phone lines, but I assumed that they were also following the rules and guidelines that were in place.

I don't think I'd mind so much if I didn't see how ruthlessly incompetent the government is.

For the record the first thing I thought of wasn't porn it was this very website, which I guess could be contrued as porn.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger Gaius Germanicus said...

Sorry Dave, all I can do is make fun of the fact that they have us by the short hairs if they want. Welcome to crypto-facism (or is it neo?). I laugh in the face of my tormentors, at least until I end up in a super-max cell, then I'll cry for my mother.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:02:00 PM  

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