Monday, March 5, 2012

Security lesson

Late to the party, but I just read View From The Porch: Ground control to Officer HAL...
To all y'all worried about various.gov pointing their peepers at your backyard shenanigans via Robby the Robot or David the Drone, quit depending on security by obscurity. That horse left the barn with the first bear in the air, and arguably after those bicycle salesmen floated down a North Carolina beach early last century.
What is worrisome is the increasing arrogant disregard for the 4th amendment, not the specifics of the manifestation of that disregard. Worry about the watchers, not the tools/technology. Peepers going to peep regardless of how, and this particular genie is way too far put of the bottle. For which the EFF and others are right to question and challenge the uses to which the drones will be put, but there will be drones in the hands of .gov, just as there are pistols in the hoslters of the cops. We question the misuse of the guns, not the presence of them.

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  1. "What is worrisome is the increasing arrogant disregard for the 4th amendment, not the specifics of the manifestation of that disregard."

    I think you won the Intarwebs this week! I'm going to put this in my back pocket in the hopes of using it someday in a motion (Yes, IAAL, although I think it would be cooler to just play one on TV), but I can't realistically forsee when, as lawyers are paid to obsess over the specifics of the manifestation of the disregard for Constitutional rights.

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