Tuesday, November 13, 2007
What is one to make of this? The average American will not care a whit about this. But if you are above average take a stab at interpretation like I will:
"WASHINGTON (AP) - As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.
"Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people's private communications and financial information. "
My interpretation: First, most people do not equate privacy with anonymity, so he's setting up a straw man to knock down. I'll tell you my name, just stay out of my business, off my phone line(s), and what I do on the internet.
Second, he is basically saying the government can obtain and maintain as much information about your private communications and financial information that it wants. We're just supposed to "trust" that the government will keep it private for us - "properly safeguard it."
Remember dear non-reader(s), the topic at hand is "government eavesdropping." Are we not all asleep? Does this sound like an American term to you?