How much do you value your privacy? How much privacy can we expect to have in the modern age of GPS enabled smartphones, WiFi, and search engine companies like Google releasing ISP records to the government on a regular basis?

These unsettling questions come to mind as I watch our military and intelligence community prove just how un-intelligent they can be regarding their own privacy and the government’s want for ever more information about our personal lives. The implications are staggering.

Here’s a great question found in a telling article @ Schneier on Security – E-Mail Security in the Wake of Petraeus – H/T Doug Ross

“If the director of central intelligence isn’t able to successfully keep his emails private, what chance do I have?” said Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-liberties advocacy group.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, as if they don’t have enough power to spy on the public, Senator Reid and the Democrat controlled Senate have flipped a privacy bill into a spy-on-the-public bill.

A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans’ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.

It’s an abrupt departure from Leahy’s earlier approach, which required police to obtain a search warrant backed by probable cause before they could read the contents of e-mail or other communications.

From Senate Bill Allows Feds to Read Your Email – Gateway Pundit

This is, of course, an example of the government going too far for security. And you know the old saying so often attributed to Ben Franklin, “Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither.”

Also, I can’t stress more, here, that is the Democrats doing this. This is not a GOP effort.

FreedomWorks has an action item on this:

From Bait and Switch: Law Goes From Protecting Your Email to Allowing Gov’t Into Your Email – Warner Todd Huston @ Wizbang who also has a very good video of Judge Andrew Napolitano addressing this issue and others.

Again, please take the time to RTWT.

Buckle up, freedom loving patriots, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

  • Frank Koza November 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    The ultimate irony, Gen Patraeus spent a career defending a system that brought him down.

    And they thought the McCarthy era was dark.

    • robot November 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      The monster he was tending turned on him.

  • Red November 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I have and always will be an advocate for snail mail and encrypted usb drives ;-)

    • robot November 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      And morse code by flashlight. :)

      • Red November 21, 2012 at 7:09 am

        I do have a Morse Code app on my phone. Did I say that out loud?

  • LibertyAtStake November 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

    “If the Director of Central Intelligence can’t …”

    Exactly. The Interwebs are the part of the public square. The fight is to keep it open, and behave accordingly.

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