In the aftermath of Google’s announcement, some members of Congress are reviving a bill banning U.S. tech companies from working with governments that digitally spy on their citizens. Presumably, those legislators don’t understand that their own government is on the list.
[Source: CNN.com] Bruce Schneier, one of the world’s foremost security technologist has been constantly warning us of the protection theater that is the screening at the airport we all go through in order to feel safe. It is startling how otherwise democratic governments are joining hands with technology companies to make spying on its citizens not just easy but ethically acceptable as well. But the blame goes both way as we have enabled our representatives with such powers for the illusion of security. Benjamin Franklin’s words on liberty v. security and how we deserve neither if we sacrifice one for the other although quoted often have resonated on deaf ears. We cannot feel but hopeless when countries like the United States built on the concept of individual liberty so easily cast aside their ideals and let terrorists inadvertently achieve their goals of letting us live in interesting times.