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Letter: Government spying will force less reliance on technology

Government spying will force less reliance on technology

Homeland Insecurity, what does it mean? Use a little fear mongering, add to that the justification of the guise of national defense. Then use the path of least resistance. That is, to spy on your own citizens. Why? It’s more cost effective than teaching agents foreign languages and the low cost justifies their existence as an agency. Then create a computer program that uses proximity evaluation algorithms that match words to subversive language. Create a special court for this monitored activity to settle disputes.

President George W. Bush tried to create a Homeland Security agency to cover all bases to give an open accessibility to sharing information among federal, state and local police agencies. What he wound up with was more government, semi-government, Pentagon-private contract agencies that gathered so much information that it took a lot of time to decipher it to make meaningful judgment.

We have the technology to prevent catastrophic instances of terror, but for every new situation hackers seem to get hold of vital information on preventive measures. Just like a citizen who is suffering from identity theft, the United States has to find a more secure way of corresponding and verifying probable causes.

In these times of implied trust, not guaranteed, maybe it’s time to get rid of the family photo album and personal history from social Internet sites. Get rid of unnecessary email contacts and seductive offers. Don’t let anyone use your cell phone. Invite your banker, your insurance salesperson, your financial adviser over to the house and do business face to face. It seems the old-fashioned way of doing things, but the United States Postal Service is still the most secure way of communication.

These are unsettling times. Be smart. Stay Safe.

Philip James Jarosz