Ever since 911 American citizens are going ballistic with regards to the fear of attack and searches of personal information and the data bases that are being created for investigative purposes.
The post 911 the Patriot act allows the government and its many arms of criminal investigation to establish data on or about anyone and everyone with or without probable cause.
With the advent of modern technology, and a plethora of communication channels from the person to person connectivity to movements and /or events is very difficult to analyze or discern, so the government agencies need to be able to collect and investigate any and all communication sources. The general public seems to be outraged because of this. I think that this is unreasonable fear, panic and paranoia. The only ones who need to fear are the ones doing the bad stuff. All others enjoy and be thankful for peace and safety.
Data bases have been around ever since there has been clay and sticks. Data is especially useful to criminal investigators. This fact is or should be comforting to the general public. The use of data bases to fight crime keeps us safer and more protected from evil criminal elements. Now that we have computers, and infinite capacity to store as much data of any kind as we want, but not necessarily need, the crime fighters of the world are saying. “Why not, the more the better.” With the search engine capacity and a massive amount of personal conversations and other types of communications or data it is easier for an investigator to connect the dots, and the more dots they have to work with the better their chances for a faster solution to the investigation.
This type of a data base is no more invasive than the finger print, or DNA data bases that are being created constantly. In fact I have a suggestion on how they could make finger print and DNA Data bases better. I think they should collect the DNA as soon as we are born, unless it changes when we become fully mature and the same with finger prints. As it stands now our DNA and finger prints aren’t on a national data base until we commit a crime, so first offenders are harder to catch.
This kind of mundane data is never going to be considered or looked at unless somehow it is tied to an illegal or subversive activity, So why worry unless you plan to do something Illegal or subversive, this type of data is simply in a closed file with no significance paid to it unless it becomes entangled in a web of crime or subversion. So come on all you crybaby worry warts relax and don’t worry unless you are really planning to rob a Brinks armored Truck so you can pay off your credit card debt, or if you are part of a conspiracy that is planning to take over the world.
So what if your significant other called and you had a fight and broke up? No one in the entire world will ever hear that conversation unless your mother was on the bedroom extension listening in. If any government agencies are eavesdropping, that sound bite will never be heard by anyone until it becomes relevant to terrorism, subversion or a crime.
So put down your Lynch ropes and quit listening to the rabble rousers . Put your worries to rest. Remember no data that is collected by the crime fighters can ever be used against you personally unless you are engaged in some sort of illegal activity and your piece of the puzzle emerges from the data pit.