The Rogers Doctrine: More Transparency Creates More Privacy Violations, Since You'll Find Out About Them
from the we-deserve-better dept
Let's say, instead of falling in the forest, the tree is standing outside your house and I'm hiding in it watching you shower. So far, I'm not violating your privacy. But the second you see me through the window, suddenly I'm the criminal? What about my privacy? I'm trying to masturbate here. Come to think of it, there are all sorts of victimless crimes like this. We know people getting assaulted because they call the police. But I've never heard of anyone calling the cops because they were murdered. Therefore, clearly, no one was killed. By the same logic, folks, I have not insulted Mike Rogers as long as he never hears me say: The reason Mike Rogers uses circular logic is because his head is jammed up his own ass.Meanwhile, over at Slate, Will Oremus has also written about Rogers' comment, and also come up with a name for it. He calls it "Rogers' Paradox," noting that it's a variation on the historical concept of "what you don't know can't hurt you," and how this is "an age-old excuse for people in power to trample on the rights of those without it."
Of course, obviously, I do not mean a word of that. I admire what historians will now call "The Rogers' Doctrine": when it comes to privacy vs. security, we can have one of them, as long as we don't know which one it is. That way, we can maintain our constitutional rights. Or, if they do take away our rights, just don't let us find out. That way, we'll still have them.
But, Oremus makes an even more pertinent point. If Rogers' statement is accurate (and it's not), then it would actually mean that greater transparency itself would harm people's privacy because they'd find out about it. Think about that for a second. Under the logic of Mike Rogers' twisted mind, the more transparency there is about privacy violations, the more those non-privacy violations become privacy violations -- and thus he must fight against such transparency at all costs to protect our privacy.
And this is a guy in power.