And for those of you who might want to quibble with my opinion that this administration seeks to do whatever it wants, using the threat of terrorism as its excuse for an unending series of power grabs, we have this (via the Washington Monthly):
Big Internet and telephone companies are girding to fight an unprecedented call by the Bush administration for them to keep detailed records of customers’ online activities for two years.
The request by Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III would dramatically expand the government’s ability to track what people do online and with whom they communicate.
It follows disclosure this year that the Justice Department had solicited potentially billions of online search queries from some of the same companies and that the National Security Agency had requested calling records of virtually all U.S. customers.
They will keep amassing more and more power and centralized control, all in the name of keeping you safe, until the biggest fear we have is ourselves. Since I have given up on my party actually standing up for privacy rights and fighting for limited government, let me put it this way- some day, and some day soon, I predict, it isn’t going to be the Lord and Saviour Bush and a Republican Congress (I can not believe 33% of the poll respondents would vote for him again in 2008- this may be the most troubling thing I have seen in years) thumbing through your phone records. It will be a Democratic President with a Democratic Congress refusing to provide any oversight.
To make that clearer, it could be President Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Sydney Blumenthal who will be thumbing through your phone records, Limbaugh acolytes.
Still sound like a good idea?
BTW- I am willing to bet if they do get this power, you know what they will use it on? Fighting the evil menace of porn.