I have been watching this controversy for some time now and I have really mixed feelings about this. I can see the worth of having a database of who called who, but I find the implications to civil liberties to be chilling. I do believe that the Government has a responsibility to it’s citizens to attempt to protect them, and their liberties as much as possible. I know that the line we have to walk is very very fine some times. However, I believe that if the government needs some additional powers, it needs to follow the established protocols to obtain those powers. Not simply grab them.
I fully support the efforts of watch dog groups like the EFF. I think that the freedoms this country was founded upon are in part because of ‘watchdog groups’. I also support using the tools that we have at hand to defend ourselves against folks who want to take all of our freedoms and lives away.
The advent of the internet, and it’s associated technologies, are going to totally change our culture. They all ready have in fact. Just check out you tube or myspace!
I hope that the citizens have a say in how this brave new world is formed…