|Security: Right or Privilege?by Ron Murdock
Posted: 15:33 May 23, 2007
To what extent will people give up personal freedoms and privacy for
security? Ask 1000 people and you may just get a thousand different
responses. It is apparent that we have entered an era that could have Big
Brother scrutinizing every move and transactions we make. Can we trust the
various agencies that are collecting data on jus?
Unseen cameras are watching every step we make!
Will the day come when all the people on our planet be required to be micro
chipped regardless of their economic status in life? From what I gather no
one would be able to make any kind of transaction without it being inserted
into the human body, which then the microchip could act as a GPS or Global
Positioning System to monitor the person 24/7. Think of it as being sold to
keep track of your child or pet, to know the whereabouts of parolees or
other criminals, so why not get everyone else in the process.
Convenience stores. Banks. Airports. Other places where large groups of
people congregate. What do they have in common? Probably that there is
several cameras keeping an eye on these areas. One can only assume they are
being watched as much as possible. When one uses a credit card or grocery
discount card or debitcard how much of these transaactions and other
personal information is being sorted into a database and monitored by
advertisers or security firms? Will they use this information for whatever
ends they have designed?
There is a belief that if a persona hasn't done anything wrong, they have
nothing to hide. This is too much of a passive attitude to be happening on a
large scale. What happens if a person holding this belief is somehow
misindentified when a criminal steals their ID? Those wanting too much
security may be well meaning but may be over zealous control freaks. Plus it
could be a case of government over reaching and being overly intrusive into
the average citizens life.
It is then to ask just how much do consumers want private information being
observed or used by security agencies or corporations. If an individual
loses the ability to see and correct what information is collected about
them then will that data be used against them? Anyone remember Eisenhower
warning us of the military-industrial complex endangering personal liberites
or the democratic process?
The day is coming in that no one will have no place to run, no place to
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