I have all these people bugging me to comment about what an outrageous invasion of privacy it is for the federal government to potentially have records of everyone I call. (Not that they can actually analyze such information, of course. Americans make hundreds of millions of calls a day — more than a gazillion dedicated privacy-invading government agents could ever make heads or tails of. But that’s not the point. It’s the principle of the thing — the idea that the government could have access to such private data about its own citizens.)
Well, obviously, this is a complete outrage. Next thing you know, the government will require me to tell it: what I do for a living; exactly how much I make; where I live; what stocks I buy and sell, and for how much; what I pay in property taxes; and how much profit I make on my investments. If we just sit still like sheep, we’ll end up having to disclose our birthdates — and, God help us, even our Social Security numbers.
If that ever comes to pass, you’ll know that we are truly living in the reincarnation of Nazi Germany.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go do my taxes.
P.S. After writing this post, I realized that it sounded familiar. There are no new ideas under the sun, and it appears Stuart Buck had this one first.
P.P.S. I guess we’re all thrilled for the phone companies to have this data and share it with each other — just not with a federal government trying to prevent terrorist attacks. That’s going too far!