You Have No Privacy Anywhere: Administration Pushes Forward With Domestic Spy Satellite Program

from the don't-mind-us... dept

While everyone's arguing over the legality of warrantless wiretaps, it looks like the administration and the Department of Homeland Security have moved on to even bigger fish: using spy satellites to spy more thoroughly throughout the US. For rather obvious reasons, this has many folks concerned. The government has shown a decided lack of ability to "stick to the rules" when it comes on domestic spying programs, and given what some of these spy satellites can do, it has people concerned about why the US is using such military hardware, normally reserved to spy on enemy countries, to spy on our own citizens. Somehow, DHS boss Michael Chertoff's response to his critics isn't particularly reassuring:
"There is no basis to suggest that this process is in any way insufficient to protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans... I think we've fully addressed anybody's concerns. I think the way is now clear to stand it up and go warm on it."
To translate: "You should trust us, because we're trustworthy people who would never do anything wrong (please ignore all we've done wrong over the past few years). So, now that that's settled, let's get this baby rolling..."

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Apr 2008 @ 4:31am

    When is enough, enough?

    1. The United States should not use spy satellites for crime prevention or resolution. We have domestic agencies (FBI) and local authorities for this. Civil liberties are at grave risk.

    2. If you are truly worried about the government watching your every move, you must be sending your Internet messages from a cave beside Bin Laden. You better take off your wrist watch, the government may be able to fire a laser beam from space into your right ear.

    3. Think of all the things that you do that track you already:
    a. Your credit / debit card / bank transactions
    b. Your tollway transponder in your vehicle / OnStar
    c. Cell Phone | movements, calls, and data usage
    d. Purchase rewards programs / airlines / Amazon / iTunes
    e. Internet usage, anonymous coward postings / chat sessions
    f. Travel plans / tickets / gas purchases

    4. Why-o-why would I even need to use a multi-billion dollar satellite to get your position, you've already given it to me. All the government needs to collect this is a warrant, which seem to come pretty easily. (sometimes they don't bother)

    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Often attributed to Ben Franklin

    Interesting times.

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