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Peeping Security Cameras

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 4:14 PM

One of the excuses that pops up in debates about security vs. privacy is:

If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have to worry.

Which is flawed on its face, as it presumes the people doing the watching - through wiretaps or cameras in public places - are trustworthy.

Like these gentlemen in Britain.

Ultimately, it's not what someone we trust does with the power, it's what someone we don't trust does with it. In other words, would conservatives be so quick to affirm the President's right to spy if the President were Hillary Rodham Clinton?

That's why our system of government was designed with checks and balances.


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