Why You Should Care If The Government Spies On You – Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor
The following was sent to me via e-mail from my friend Woody Pate, the article had so many pages and hyperlinks going everywhere, I decided to condense the article as best I could. This is also a response to the letter Senator Bill Nelson wrote for the Orlando Sentinel. George.
The Obama government tried to “reassure” us that the government is only tracking E-mails and phone calls via the time and place of the calls, and But technology experts say, “Metadata (information gathered) can be more revealing than the content of your actual phone calls”.
For example, the ACLU : A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study a few years back that reviewing people’s social networking contacts alone was sufficient to . Metadata from was sufficient to of then-CIA Director David Petraeus and then drive him out of office. The “who,” “when” and “how frequently” communications are often more revealing than what is said or written.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation : What [government officials] are trying to say is that disclosure of metadata—the details about phone calls, without the actual voice—isn’t a big deal, not something for Americans to get their panties in a wad about if the government knows. Example:
§ They know you rang a phone sex service at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes. But they haven’t a clue what you talked about.
§ They know you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge. But they haven’t a clue what you talked about..
§ They know you spoke with an HIV testing service, then your doctor, then your health insurance company in the same hour. But they haven’t a clue what you talked about.
§ They know you received a call from the local NRA office while it was having a campaign against gun legislation, and then called your senators and congressional representatives immediately after. But they haven’t a clue what you talked about.
§ They know you called a gynecologist, spoke for a half hour, and then called the local Planned Parenthood’s number later that day. But they haven’t a clue what you talked about.
Uh Oh! Your “so-called metadata”—can reveal a lot more about your calls than the government is telling us. Metadata provides enough information to know some of the most intimate details of your lives. And the government has given no assurances that this data will never be correlated with other easily obtained data.
The use of GPS data collected from mobile phones, can reveal a person’s secrets: “A person who knows all of another’s travels can deduce whether he is a weekly churchgoer, a heavy drinker, a regular at the gym, an unfaithful husband, an unfaithful wife, an outpatient receiving medical treatment, an associate of particular individuals or political groups,” ”
My opinion is, Spying on American’s’ without a warrant is as low as a government can go. It removes everything of our freedom of association, and virtually everything our Founding Fathers fought for.