Friday, May 12, 2006
Congress Is Datamining Your Information
What’s that? You think you already read all about that in a hyperventilating, instant-Pulitzer-nominee report in Thursday’s USA Today? Dream on. The hysterical USA Story doesn’t describe anything nearly that intrusive.
After all, if you wade through all the layers of reporter Leslie Cauley’s conscious misdirection—including the silly observations about government failing to seek judicial warrants before obtaining non-private information for which government has never been required to get warrants—you will learn that scrupulous measures were actually taken by the National Security Agency and cooperating telephone companies to withhold customer names, street addresses and other personal identifiers from the government.
No, I’m not talking about the Big Brother at the NSA. Or the big Big Brother in the Oval Office.
I’m talking about the 535 Big Brothers (and Sisters) in Congress.