POV: Privacy -- How Much is Enough? (6/27/13)
My editorial earlier this week regarding government surveillance sparked a lot of reaction -- both pro and con -- and I want to expand a bit on the thoughts I expressed in that piece.
Like most of you, I don't want any government agency aiming microphones through my bedroom window. And if anyone wants to come into my home and go through my things, they'd better have a search warrant.
But is my expectation of privacy justified if I choose to take a bath in my front yard, in full view of anyone who passes by? Of course not.
That's the way I view government monitoring of cell phone and Internet activity.
The very nature of these technologies puts us figuratively shoulder-to-shoulder in a very public venue. Like it or not, all of us who use them are leaving a very public trail of our whereabouts and activities just as we do when we visit a shopping mall. And while the content of our transactions should remain privileged, I don't believe the simple fact of their existence demands the same protection.
When our Constitution was written, foreign terrorists had nowhere near the means or the opportunity to wreak havoc as they do today. And while I believe there are lines that still mustn't be crossed, I don't think our founders would have opposed our government merely observing the observable in order to secure our nation's survival.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.