The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

And another thing

Posted By on December 19, 2005

Everyone is up in arms about the whole “presidential wiretap” thing. Here's my take on it:

What did people expect? Between the PATRIOT act, and, gee, I don't know, everything that's happened with the FBI and all the other intelligence agencies in the past 75 years?

Think about it – when you give governments the ability to do something, the only thing stopping them from doing it is their own restraint, which invariably erodes over time.

The only way to stop this from happening would be to stop the government from having the ability to wiretap, hence my use of crypto as often as possible. (Here's my PGP key for those who are interested).

“But, but, then the evil terrorists will attack us because we don't have surveillance”.

Yeah, and if we are constantly living in fear and having our whole lives monitored, then they already have.


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