Pardon the interruption into the usual chatter about elections, left versus right, dem versus repub ad nauseum. There is a dangerous race going on right now. It's not a race to build nuclear weapons. It's a race to turn human beings into the sum of their measurable data parts.
Some will claim this is just an exercise in hysterics. Nope, I save that for hormone imbalances. This is a serious question for thoughtful people:
"At what point does the collection and storage of personal data become a threat to one's freedom?"Get the skinny on Google's newest product line.
Their "unannounced products on the drawing board" may be nothing. But the idea of Knowledge Discovery Databases (KDD) is not new and has been the center of some controversy.Check out this section in the Google Directory
if you want some serious background.
My point? That the acquisition of data is a growing threat to one's privacy and, by extension, freedom. Think about it. Economic secrecy is a key tool in negotiations. Personal data (these days) and its protection are the target of a new crime wave.
There can be, as we are reminded daily by the government and its spokespersons, no freedom without security. Isn't a primary security the ability to live and make choices privately? I once heard a law enforcement official state that people have NO right to anonymity. I couldn't disagree more.
The presupposition of guilt may be the longest lasting and most tragic side effect of Islamic terror. Yes, I wrote "presupposition," not suspicion. Prove it wrong. I'm all ears.