By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:47 PM EST
All of that data will be stored as well.
As a friend of mine put it, "Instead of 'follow that car,' it's 'follow every car, and tell me where they've been for the past six months.'"
Sure, some cities are trying to ban or limit the use of drones. But do you think they'll be able to trump the federal government? Not when the Federal Aviation Administration controls the airspace.
It is also hard to miss how selective the use of such intrusive surveillance is. Celebrity journalist Bob Woodward has reported highly classified information for decades, across multiple administrations, without legal sanction.
The recent movie "Zero Dark Thirty" depended on leaks of classified information. But that, of course, made the Obama administration look good.
By contrast, former CIA officer John Kiriakou was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison because he spoke publicly about the agency's policies on waterboarding, while none of those who actually did it were sanctioned or punished.
By contrast, the administration is ramping up its investigation into who leaked to the New York Times information about the Stuxnet computer worm, used to attack Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010.
In short, there are "good" and "bad" whistleblowers, and the government decides which is which.
The Obama administration will never be an open book. But your life will be.
That ought to concern you a lot more than whether one of the Kardashians is getting divorced.
- Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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