Sunday, November 11, 2007

The latest from the police state: Privacy Shmrivacy!

Definition Changing for People's Privacy

The government is literally spying on us:

The central witness in a California lawsuit against AT&T says the government is vacuuming up billions of e-mails and phone calls as they pass through an AT&T switching station in San Francisco. Mark Klein, a retired AT&T technician, helped connect a device in 2003 that he says diverted and copied onto a government supercomputer every call, e-mail, and Internet site access on AT&T lines.

The government's response?

Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people's private communications and financial information.

They are not even lying about it anymore. Why bother? Hardly anyone is paying attention. Britney Spears' train-wreck of a life is more important.The World Series is more important. Halo 3 is more important. Oh! The Superbowl's coming up too! went my thoughts, when I ran across this amazing bit of standup: Comedian Bill Hicks on the JFK Assassination.

His closing is downright poetic, and echoes my sentiments exactly.

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