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8.17.2004

Wired News: Flight ID Fight Revived

Yes it has been a while since I've blogged, but I finally have something to say...Privacy continues to be an issue in this country, and I think it will be for years to come. Technology is just too easily abused to remove all privacy for this to not be an issue consistently over the next 50 years.

However this article is about a more general privacy, not technology driven, where we should have a right not only to travel without "showing our papers" but also we should have a right to be aware of the laws/regulations our government puts on us. Part of the fight in this case is even getting the government to admit it has such a regulation, while every person who has been on a domestic flight over the past 2 years (or 6) can testify that they are required to show ID.

The concepts here are just too much to ignore. Are we going to set up checkpoints at state/city boundaries next and require papers shown whenever you crossed? It sure would help nab fleeing criminals, so it's good, right? No. There comes a point where privacy outweighs the concern of security. Where at some point you have to say "too much" and back off.

We are not there yet as a society. I am. Others are. But as a whole, we are far from it.
|| Kelly O'Connor, 7:35 AM

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