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DHS is at it Again

TIA (Total Information Awareness) formerly of the Pentagon, and killed due to privacy issues, has reared its ugly, unkillable head again, in the guise of DHS's ADVISE program. Same trolling through personal financial and travel records of American citizens: "Data can include credit-card purchases, telephone or Internet details, medical records, travel and banking information. "

I don't know about you, but I get the heebie jeebies thinking of some fundie, pervert, or stalker who happens to be employed by the DHS having access to all of that information in one handy-dandy place. Even though most of my life is very vanilla, I just don't want all that stuff about me and my roomies collated and gone over by someone who may or may not have their own axe to grind. As Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) once said "If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him." Your personal financial, phone, health and travel data comprise more than six lines, and by having or doing them, you are "writing" them.

When will these assholes understand that the constitution never had the intention of allowing unfettered government prying into our lives?? Amendments III, IV, V prohibit it. What the hell do they think privacy is, but a rounded understanding of the Fourth Amemdment: "persons, houses, papers, and effects" are protected from "unreasonable search and seizure". Your buying, telephone, internet, travel, health, and banking data is all part of your papers and effects. It's yours, not public data, regardless of where it's stored.

Time to get out the red postcards....


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Mar. 10th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
When we ask for that kind of information from Bush or Cheney (who and when did you meet with whom) we're told it's None of Our Business. Even though It is Public Business and is our concern.
Yet they think nothing of doing the same to Every American (other than themselves). What is wrong with this picture?
I would love to trace all of Cheney's shenanigans. :)
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