Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

Repeal the Wheel!

Writes Robert Samuelson in The Washington Post, If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access […]

Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing to Fear

So says William Hague, England’s Foreign Secretary. “Only terrorists, criminals and spies should fear secret activities of the British and US intelligence agencies.” I appreciate the challenge of collecting accurate intelligence and connecting the dots. It’s the 21st century and the bad guys no longer hang out in shadowed doorways and use dumpsters as drop […]

More Government = Less Help

This ad from the Libertarian Party sums it up nicely. More government first and foremost brings with it ways to defend and protect more government, whether by corruption, cronyism, bureaucratic process, or military intervention. It’s the law of diminishing returns. Of course, it’s important to sprinkle a little help back to the masses, enough to […]

Freedom of Speech and Fear

The ever insightful  Mark Steyn correctly points out that free speech isn’t a gift or a privilege to be granted or withdrawn by Ivory Tower bureaucrats. Free speech is a right. Glenn Reynolds follows up with: Well, people need to be more afraid of the good guys for a change, anyway, and not the savages. […]

Law, Meet Maker

This is an awful story: Last year after a full-body scan at a Seattle airport, Cissna was singled out for a pat-down, her second, she said, within three months. Cissna is a breast-cancer survivor who has had a mastectomy. She refused the pat-down – seeing it as invasive – and left the airport to return […]

You are your data, and you don’t belong to you

Any advance in technology, or combination of existing technology, that carries with it the potential for control of the many by the few will be abused. Given the vast quantity of laws on the books, this will even be legal. The OnStar Controversy Isn’t About Digital Privacy: Users Just Want a Heads-Up OnStar asked for […]