Surveillance

Currently (June 2013) our media is buzzing with the fact that our government is legally (if not necessarily constitutionally) monitoring our email and our smart phones. Although this is not news to anyone who follows this kind of thing, it is news now. The question is why do we care? And how should we think and feel about this.

This obviously irritates a number of people, and does not irritate another number of people. I can only start by reflecting upon why it irritates me.

If you don't do anything wrong you have nothing to fear.

Who defines what is wrong? There are things I do that other people could well find "wrong". (We cannot handle the truth about ourselves: the racisms, sexuality, pettiness and quirks. Our view of ourselves is partly an ideal that this does not exist, and if it does, we should certainly NOT talk about it—or treat is as normal. (So it leaks out in comedy and film.)

And then there are all the false positives.

Our government (supported by a number of people) is more than willing to ruin a person's life because they have done something wrong; they have crossed over a line. People are more thanion. willing to throw those people in jail and throw away they key.

We no longer believe a person is innocent until proven guilty in court. I think this is wrong.

I don't like being treated by my government or anyone that I might be a terrorist. They should know me.p>

If they have all that information and cannot determine I am not a terrorist, something is wrong.

If privacy is not important, their privacy should not be important either.

There is also the secrecy of it all. We never get to vote on this. It never needs to justify itself. The people who run it do not seem to be the more enlightened of our fellow citizens. (Quite the opposite. )

This is not how the United States should be conducting its business. Does the Constitution mean nothing? Or more to the point, what does the COnstitution mean? In so -called "wartime" can it be violated at will.

Secrecy will lead to corruption. How will this be determined and rectified?

The self-censorship this will occasion, is wrong whether it is conscious or unconscious.

Although this is unspoken, secrecy is crucial to our life as we have lived it. Honesty is invariably shot down. We are posers, pretenders, we live with masks. We live in the unspoken, and the unthought.

Surveillance violates a boundary. I let you in. You don;t force your way into my house.

Surveillance violates one of the fundamental metaphors of democracy.

Iit is a power-relationships. We must treat all our citizens as enemies. Made tolerable by bureaucratic rules, or it it?

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