Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Gov't Respects Privacy? I Don't Think So.

For as long as I can recall, I always believed that once someone lied, they would lie again eventually. Give the following some thought: If a person lies about something small, like an insignificant incident, it would stand to reason that the same person is capable of lying about larger things and/or events just as easily.

Where am I going with this? Recently it was revealed that the NSA has been spying on American citizens probably right after 9/11. It was kept a secret from the public. It had also been denied in the past when the question was asked. When revealed otherwise, the government and its spin doctors said it was done for the purposes of "national security". It seems that everything done by the government these days that siphons from our civil rights is done for the purpose of "national security".

They tried to reassure us that our right to privacy is intact and no law has been broken. Of course, they failed to mention that the law that hasn't been broken is the very same law that they created after 9/11 called the Patriot Act.

They said that our personal data, i.e., social security, passwords, bank accounts and such are still protected. They also failed to mention the database they created without the benefit of warrants and with the help of a few leading US corporations.

Keeping this in mind, let us take a virtual trip to the other side of the world. Let us get acquainted with what the US government is trying to do in the European Union?

But before we do that, read this one excerpt:

"It required European airlines to provide the US authorities with 34 pieces of information on each passenger including names, addresses and credit card information, within 15 minutes of a plane taking off. It was opposed by many European MPs as a breach of privacy laws."

And our government says, “Trust us.”

Excuse me while I stop laughing hysterically. It may be awhile.

The Latino Edge
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