Privacy: A Thing Of the Past?

Britney Spears recently burst into tears while pleading for privacy during an interview on NBC's "Dateline." "Privacy" and "respect," Spears explained, are "things that you have to have as a human being." Say what you will about the pop princess, but I couldn't agree with her more.

Even so, many Americans responded with little more than a yawn when it was disclosed that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been sifting through our private phone records without a warrant. Granted, concerns about privacy can seem abstract, not to mention trivial, when set against a backdrop as horrific as 9/11. And President Bush did assure us that the government is "not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans…efforts are focused on links to Al Qaeda and their known affiliates." Privacy: A Thing Of the Past?

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 14th July 2006 11:04PM