According to Senior Fascist- ahem, I mean Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence <a href="click here Kerr</a> (I really wish I was making this up- emphasis, and righteous indignation mine);<blockquote>And that leads you directly into the concern for privacy. Too often, privacy has been equated with anonymity; and it's an idea that is deeply rooted in American culture. The Long Ranger wore a mask but Tonto didn't seem to need one even though he did the dirty work for free. You'd think he would probably need one even more. But in our interconnected and wireless world, anonymity -- or the appearance of anonymity -- is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Protecting anonymity isn't a fight that can be won.</span> Anyone that's typed in their name on Google understands that. Instead, privacy, I would offer, is a system of laws, rules, and customs with an infrastructure of Inspectors General, oversight committees, and privacy boards on which our intelligence community commitment is based and measured. And it is that framework that we need to grow and nourish and adjust as our cultures change.</blockquote>I would love to have a nice little sit-down with this man. If I could, this is what I would say...
<blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">Okay, first let's go over some basics. It's clear, sir, that your years of public and private service have skipped some essential American ideals.
Firstly, the definition of <a href="click here "The quality or condition of being secluded from the presence or view of others."
Now, <a href="click here "The quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged."
</blockquote>Or here's <a href="click here Clinton</a>, surely not one of your personal heroes but definitely one of mine- he's quoting the same guy, so I really think you might have snoozed your way into that doctorate;
</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote><p> But we must never forget, in this age of increasing interdependence, fueled by an explosion in information technology that is completely changing the way we work and live and relate to each other, that increasingly, we will have to ask ourselves: Does our freedom include privacy? Because there are new and different ways for that privacy to be restricted. </p><p> In 1928, Justice Brandeis wrote his famous words saying that privacy was "the right most valued by civilized people," and he defined it simply as the right to be left alone. </p></blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Not get back to "work" and take your NSA taps off my phone!</div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">
</div>Seriously, though, this issue will hopefully be one on which Democrats can establish their clearly superior moral position, making the coming severe rout of the GOP in 2008 that much bloodier.