Originally Posted by 67_250SE
The NSA wiretap "loss" is temporary. The ACLU shopped for a friendly judge and that will backfire on them. I don't expect her decision to survive closer judicial scrutiny.
I am not scared of my government. In all the years since coming to live in America, my government has given me no reason to be afraid. Not even during the brief periods of time when I lived in Gainesville, GA or Huntsville, Alabama have I ever been afraid.
Maybe I should, but I am not.
I am more scared of Muslim extremists and other who are hellbent in destroying my way of life.
I am, however, somewhat wary of the IRS...but then again, anyone making more than minimum wage ought to be afraid of the IRS, very afraid.
That response makes no sense. The government would not change in Huntsville or Gainesville, that would be perceived prejudices of the natives of those areas and my bet is they were just as friendly as if you were blond haired and blue eyed. The South has taken a rap for prejudice that is overblown for the last 30 or so years. It still exists, but not nearly as much.
First you say you “my government has given me no reason to be afraid” then say “somewhat wary of the IRS”.
Let me give you an example of why you should worry about unfettered management of datamining by the government and why the ACLU is protecting YOUR rights as well as everyone else’s.
You have a situation at home where you and your Doctor decide you need to take Xanax for a period of time to help maintain balance in your life. No problem. It is between you and your doctor and your prescription management company. In two years you stop taking the medication.
Five years from now during a normal job screening process that requires security clearance [don’t they all now] a flag comes up that you had psychological problems seven years ago. This would not have flagged except that you paid for your medication with credit card AND your prescription management company participates in the HLS program that screens for drug sales of meth lab ingredients. The word Xanax tripped the search.
Guess who did not get the $92,000 government job.
If you think that is an off the wall, totally silly example of what could “maybe” happen in the future, that is a suit that the ACLU filed about three months ago based purely on datamining.