Monday, April 12, 2004

Please shoot me from the left

Big brother is watching... and listening. Sometimes I forget, and I'm sure others do as well, is that there is no right to not get caught. Crime, whether murder or speeding, isn't about outfoxing the police- it's about respect for the society we live in. The "it's not wrong if you don't get caught" attitude is obviously universally human, but I think it's (fairly or unfairly) particularly American. There is the "if you don't have anything to hide..." slippery slope, but I may be changing my tune on that, slightly. It's long been established that your home is mostly inviolable, but that the streets are mostly transparent. This technology does nothing to change that, except possibly to ADD truth- it's hard to falsely accuse someone of doing something on a streetcorner that's been under constant surveillance.

Of course, what happens when this drives crime to other places, or further underground? We'll deal with that when we get to it. Shouldn't it be difficult to be a criminal? Shouldn't we be creating an environment where it's easier to join productive society than not?

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