SECURITY VS PRIVACY
Fellow Hubbers, and other readers I am going to address an issue that effects each and every one of us every minute of every day of every year of our lives. As the title of this Hub would suggest that issue is the one of security vs. privacy. There is an everyday struggle going on and our lives can be dramatically changed based on the outcome of this battle!!!!!!!!
This struggle has developed and expanded over the course of the history of our great nation. During times of global warfare security has ruled, but in time of peace the pendulum has swung back toward privacy. Sometime around 1966 there was a shift in the balance between these life-altering concepts in everyday application by our Federal Government, and also private interests. As all of you know, I am not a shrinking violet when it come to expressing opinions, and in this case I have a very strong opinion to express about the outcome of this battle of these two diametrically opposed concepts !!!!!!!!
One of my earliest memories concerning the issue at hand concerns my obtaining a Social Security card at the age of 17 during my senior year at Moundsville High School. I was preparing to attend West Virginia University in the fall of that year. I had always been assured that the number assigned by the Federal Government for that card was to be used by the IRS and SSA only for official business, and never by any other entity for any other purpose. Much to my chagrin, while registering for classes my freshman year at WVU, I was issued an ID card by WVU, which used that number for the purpose of my student identity. This was a loud and clear wake-up call to me!!!!!! My Federally issued Social Security number was being used by a state owned, and operated entity for the purpose of my identification, and not in the manner previously described!!!!!!!!!!
The constant sparring between security and privacy was clearly evident during the entire period of The Cold War. The advantage switched from one to the other during this era from 1948 through 1991. During the mid-1980’s to early 1990’s with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union and her Communist affiliates the pendulum was supposed to swing back to privacy over security since the foreign threat of nuclear annihilation had waned. However during this era many private commercial entities entered into this area of personal privacy. I have memories of refusing to apply for or accept customer cards from grocers, pharmacies, retail merchants, etc, etc. I always have felt my buying habits were nobody else’s business!!!!!!!!!! Of course the advent of the credit card, ATM, Internet purchases and other methods have negated the possibility to avoid and semblance of invasion of privacy by both private and public entities!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE PRESENT DAY
This morning as I was browsing the Internet I came across an article where it stated that President Barrack Obama had proposed legislation that negates any semblance of privacy to all of us. I quote from the article I saw on AOL, “Broad new regulations being proposed by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and National Security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking and Blackberries.” Further along in the article James X. Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology told The New York Times, “The proposed changes have "huge implications" and challenge the "fundamental elements of the Internet revolution."
This is the latest tug of war between security and privacy with the Federal Government claiming we cannot have both. I realize we are in danger from radical Islamist, but we are also in danger of losing our freedom to an abusive and overreaching Federal Government. This is particularly true when that government has a despot on the top rung of the ladder.
Fellow Americans we must be diligent in surrendering our freedom and our privacy is an integral part of that freedom. We must nurture faith, hope, liberty, and the American way of life befoe we wake up some day and find to our horror that it is gone forever. Do as you think best, but as for me I want both security and privacy. There is no libery without both and in the words of Patrick Henry, ”Give me liberty or give me death.”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!