Cato Unbound: The Digital Surveillance State

This month’s Cato Unbound features Glenn Greenwald on “The Digital Surveillance State.” He makes the case that it’s too big, too invasive, and too unwieldy to deliver on its promise of security. Rather than finding the needle, we’ve only made the haystack bigger. Commenting through this week and next will be a panel of noted experts in the field, including John C. Eastman, Julian Sanchez, and Paul Rosenzweig.

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  1. More reading here:

    http://www.schneier.com/essay-309.html

    Money quote from the Cato story: “We’ve gotten so used to the ‘privacy/security tradeoff’ that it’s worth reminding ourselves, every now and again, that surrendering privacy does not automatically make us more secure — that systems of surveillance can themselves be a major source of insecurity.”

    Put all that stuff in a bucket, and people will start looking for the bucket.

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  2. The Koran, if not other Islamic Holy books, condone, promote and incite the killing of unbelievers. We already know muslims are willing to engage in suicide attacks in order to promote their faith and political values. Does every “Arab” or Muslim subscribe to these fanatic beliefs. No. But a worrisome proportion do. How shall we protect ourselves and how do we prevent a mega-disaster of a nuclear device set off in a large American city? There is a significant issue of cost-benefit ratio here; extreme surveillance (paranoia, if you will), versus sensible defense and protection, versus freedom of religion and speech. I submit the Muslims have to bear the responsibility of our possible erroneous mischaracterization of them since they have been the one who have endangered our side. 9-11 is the smoking gun we fear. Islam is not a mere “religion”; they represent a significant political enemy and the religion, to boot, brings absolutely no intellectual benefit to our society. It is aggressive, mindless. misogynistic, medieval, hostile to Western values and superstitious. We do not need any of it.

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