Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says that if you have something to hide then maybe you shouldn't be doing it.
However, the Google CEO has a bit of a past that he didn't want people to know about.
".... he blacklisted CNET for publishing info about him gleaned from Google searches, including salary, neighborhood, hobbies and political donations. In that case, the married CEO must not mind all the coverage of his various reputed girlfriends; it's odd he doesn't clarify what's going on with the widely-rumored extramarital dalliances, though....."Source: Gawker.com
We all have private moments in which we don't want everyone knowing what we are doing and such is human nature. Few of us can make the claim to sainthood, and even then we don't know how saintly the saints were.
Hey wait a minute, if you don't want people to know your private thoughts then maybe you shouldn't be thinking them.
But just because you don't want Google, the government, phone companies, and every other large societal structure spying on your every move doesn't mean that you are doing anything that bad. Perhaps it is that people really don't like that they are being spied upon.
Today, however, we live in a technological police state that makes excuses for its excesses by blaming those that are spied upon for wanting privacy.
Although the constitution doesn't mention specifically the right to privacy,
"....the Supreme Court decisions over the years have established that the right to privacy is a basic human right, and as such is protected by virtue of the 9th Amendment. The right to privacy has come to the public's attention via several controversial Supreme Court rulings, including several dealing with contraception (the Griswold and Eisenstadt cases), interracial marriage (the Loving case), and abortion (the well-known Roe v Wade case). In addition, it is said that a right to privacy is inherent in many of the amendments in the Bill of Rights, such as the 3rd, the 4th's search and seizure limits, and the 5th's self-incrimination limit....Source: Unconstitution.Net
But it is in the business interest's of CEO Schmidt to blame the public for wanting privacy, what is more incredible is that people seem to accept the argument even though they are the targets of the invasive spying.
Obviously, there is a host of abuses that arise from invasion of privacy. Those people that serve democracy by being opponents to government and corporate abuses are tracked and neutralized by disinformation, harassment, and even arrest arising from private information gathered. The law can be twisted to go after just about anyone with even a little information. Also those that are not even political or socially motivated are tracked and can be fired from work for out of work activities, or can be taken out of the hiring process simply because of our credit or our appearances on Facebook.
Recently, President Obama and the Federal government have admitted in court that the telephone companies are an arm of the government when it comes to spying on the American people.
So spying on Americans wasn't just an aberration of the deranged despot George W.Bush. Rather, the spying continues today under President Obama' leadership.