The concern is, in light of recent revelations about the government, that the tools might be used without the proper due process. This reinforces what I was writing about in a previous post. The article states:
“...the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.'s Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said. Google declined to comment.”One of the themes in the article and the presentation dealt with the government developing and buying tools which will install what are called “back doors” in your computer and other devices. As software companies produce better encryption and security it gets harder for the government, and others, to gain access. A “back door” is a built in access point that the owner of the equipment does not know about. Thus you think you are safe but you aren’t. It is like giving the local burglar a key to your house or always leaving a window open.
So we have an agency of the federal government actively seeking ways to invade your personal space. They claim that they only use these things when they have followed due process: Probable cause, oath and affirmation, warrant. Of course that was what we were hearing before the recent whistle blowers showed it not to be true.
What is the answer? Obviously I don’t know enough to have one but I know that the more consumed we are for national security the less we worry about personal liberty. Try to put some things in context in the battle against terrorism. Compare the number of deaths in Boston from non-natural causes in a day to the deaths in the recent bombing. Obviously if you or someone you know is killed that is a major issue for you but the odds of it happening are so slim it disappears.
homo unius libri