Thursday, August 20, 2009
Big Brother - Will He Track Your Internet Use? Need you ask?
Since 2000 a ban has been in place preventing the Federal government from tracking internet visitors to the federal government's web sites. That may be about to change. Now what exactly will the government do with all that data? Hmmm?
Recently, the administration sent out thousands of unsolicited spam e-mails to Americans around the country. So one prospect for this intrusion is constant administration lobbying for your vote targeting the administration's disinformation right to your inbox.
More intrusive and negative possibilities exist also. Identifying conservative Americans and targeting them for harrassment: IRS audits, adding to a list of "domestic terrorists" if they visit second amendment and conservative sites, etc.
Were you aware the Office of Management and Budget was taking citizen input on this? I didn't, and the deadline for submissions was August 10th. Why wasn't it on the evening news? Do they really want input? Or only the input they solicit from friendly sources?
Remember Reagan's definition of the most terrifying words in the English language? "Hello, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." Do you think that's what the FBI said to Randy Weaver before they shot his 12-year-old son in the back and shot his unarmed wife? Or what the BATF said when they arrived at David Koresh's farm in Waco and threw procussion grenades against the door to announce their presence before they killed 74 men, women, and children there, basically for being different?
I admit it, I'm worried about domestic terrorists, but I think most of them work for the federal government and come out of the wordwork under liberal administrations. Nixon's coverup of the Watergate break-in didn't leave bodies behind and sent plenty of Republican operatives to jail and forced his resignation. Clinton's body count was significant and none of the killers ended up in jail, only the victims.
U.S. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears
Government rethinks ban on tracking Web site visitors
Some agencies already track website visitors
Obama: Every move you make, I'll be watching you online