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January 22, 2005

Chinese Dirty-Bomb Plot Suspect Nabbed

You all know this, of course.

Good news.

There's not much more to say about this... except.

No one is really happy that there are so many cameras out there, their unblinking eyes watching us and recording us at every ATM and cross-walk. Yes, it's all a bit Big Brother-ish.

But:

Pictures of four Chinese suspects released by the FBI were taped inside booths where subway tokens are sold by transit employees, and operators of underground parking garages started searching vehicles. Dong, the suspect in custody, was not one of the four in the pictures released by the FBI.

...you can't argue with results like that.

Yes, we are all being surveiled more, and our privacy can be invaded with greater ease-- in theory.

In reality, while the government has these tools at its disposal, it simply doesn't have the manpower (or inclination) to watch Joe Law-Abiding Citizen's daily movements just because it theoretically could.

There's so much information on all of us out there, available either freely or virtually freely. Anyone can find out an awful lot about a stranger just by hitting the right sites on the Internet.

It's not really a terrific situation, but law-enforcement officials, at least at the moment, are probably much less likely to invade your privacy than an ex-spouse or some computer geek you pissed off in a chat forum.


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