Sunday, November 11, 2007

Redefined Privacy Should Go Both Ways

The Deputy Director of National Intelligence encouraged Americans to redefine their expectations of privacy. From now on people cannot expect their private conversations, messages and communications to remain such. Like the good warden has the right to search any inmates mail, government and businesses will similarly safeguard citizen's communications and financial information.

The intelligence chief testified before Congress as it considers the latest iteration of "necessary updates" to FISA law, the last having passed in August. Concerned citizens believe that bill allows the government to snoop on phone calls and e-mails without a court order.

As for the expectation of anonymity, Thomas Jefferson suggested that to be a critical right of citizenry when necessary to combat a government working against the people. So how do we know our leaders aren't working to feather their bed, while the people's business goes unfinished? Most of us don't, therefore the government should give up its right to confidentiality except in the most critical matters of national security.

George Bush should release his e-mails and other documents on the firing of the attorney generals. Fran Townsend should reveal any communications she had with representatives of The Carlyle Group or LifeCare Hospitals as she prepared the White House Lessons Learned report after Hurricane Katrina. If the U.S. apprehended innocent people and tortured them in the war on terror, then it should admit such and make it right. If not, then those who feel abused should be given their day in court.

The problem is the people's government expects the governed to surrender information and rights while the central monstrosity hides more information under the guise of the ever expanding unitary executive. I'd make a comment about units occupying the executive, but that might get scooped up by the feds e-mail sucker and get me a few more S's on my next boarding pass. That is, if they let me fly. The rights, they are a changing...