Sunday, April 11, 2004

He Said It!

Referencing the Commercial Appeal story above, Blake Fontenay the writer says:
In an increasingly complex and dangerous world, Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery believes people are willing to trade some privacy to feel safer.
Further down, Lowery says the following:
"The average person is probably photographed no less than seven times a day, going to the gas station, the bank, major office complexes,'' Lowery said. "Most people realize cameras are part of everyday life."
OK, a) get this man out of government fast, before he gives away anything more of mine; and b) someone get this Benjamin Franklin quote to him right away:
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security,
deserve neither liberty or security.
Someone point out to Mr. Lowery that "the gas station, the bank, major office complexes," are private property, meaning that there is a process through which the government must go in order to view what I'm doing! Government-owned and -leased cameras are very different. I'm sure if I asked to have video cameras at every meeting Mr. Lowery attended at which it was possible City Council business was discussed, he would feel quite differently indeed.

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