Monday, June 10, 2013

Shame on You, Carl Rove

The debate on how much information our Government should be able to mine
without a warrant is coming under scrutiny.  It appears that for years our Government has been actually doing this and now has almost completed a facility that can hold a yottabyte  (A yottabyte is a measure of theoretical storage capacity and is 2 to the 80th power bytes or, in decimal, approximately a thousand zettabytes, a trillion terabytes, or a million trillion megabytes.) of information.  That means that years of all our communications, including video, emails, telephone calls, medical records, etc. can be stored for every American and possibly everyone in the world.  Do we really want that?

Karl Rove has stated in several interviews that this is the world we live in.  We need to have this to allow us to be safe.  My question is who protects us from the Government? You can say that the Government would never use it inappropriately, however, what about the recent developments with the IRS.  Who determines who is dangerous?  Can we trust anything from Government that was done in secret?

I believe that we need to start protecting our freedom.  If we allow the Government this degree of control, we are one step away from totalitarian rule.  This is being minded without a court order; therefore, there is no oversight.  The data is being stored under the patriot act.  

The worst thing about this is that our information could be used against us just for using our right to free speech.  So as we have said over the years, be careful what you put on the web, you just may find yourself in big trouble.