Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Maybe A Spoonful Of Sugar Will Help

It seems that the Patriot Act has been taken to the next level ... and overseas. In Bagram, Afghanistan, a local shopkeeper (located a short distance from the U.S.-led coalition headquarters) is selling computer memory sticks stolen from HQ that for the most part are empty ... although some have contained sensitive material such as rosters of troops who completed nuclear, chemical and biological warfare training as well as four American generals personal information, including their social security numbers. The store owner claims it was not his intent to sell the information on the thumbnail drives, but rather an attempt to make a profit on computer hardware selling them for $20-$50. I really can't figure out why the U.S. is so upset by this ... it just gives ordinary people, like you and I, the power to reciprocate what the Department of Homeland Security could be doing to us ... at any time, for any reason. If they can access the GPS in my car to find my location without consent or even probable cause ... why can't we buy information on them because we feel like it? Although this is only a minute dose of the "we know what's good for you" medicine given back to the prescribing doctors, the mere taste was enough to cause quite the allergic reaction ... interesting.


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