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May 28, 2005

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Tom Craver

Brin points to "the value -- and empowerment -- of common citizens in an age of danger."

I would agree - that way lies freedom and reasonable security. But take note of how little citizen involvement has been made a feature of our new national security apparatus. Empowered people threaten people in power.

Brin is way too optimistic. The default situation will more resemble a one-way mirror - private surveillance will allow us to see each other, and allow the state security apparatus to peer into our lives - but we will not be able to peer into the state security apparatus and the actions of those in power. The excuse/reason will be (and is already commonly given as) potential for interference with on-going investigations, risk to the investigating agents or politicians, and so on.

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