Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Security vs privacy

The line between security and privacy has always been a moving boundary. Privacy suffers in times of crisis, and security loses ground in times of peace. Unlike WWII, only 0.7% of Americans experience directly the commitment and cost of fighting the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a result, most Americans don't really know the effects of the wars like our predecessors did. 9/11 moved our nation similarly like the attack on Pearl Harbor did, but without the direct commitment of the general populace to the fight, the feelings of unity fell apart quickly. As a result, the line between security and privacy favors privacy as if we are in times of peace.

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