I have blogged about electronic surveillance before, and I have read many people’s comments that basically say, “You have nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide.” It sounds good, but as I have said, it is simplistic and naive. That statement does not capture all there is to the matter.
As someone else has done a good job of highlighting some of the dangers involved, I will send you his way. Here are excerpts to whet your appetite:
You want to know why revolutions happen? Because little by little by little things get worse and worse. But this thing that is happening now is big. This is the key ingredient. This allows them to know everything they need to know to accomplish the above. The fact that they are doing it is proof that they are the sort of people who might use it in the way I described. In the country I live in, they also claimed it was for the safety of the people. Same in Soviet Russia. Same in East Germany. In fact, that is always the excuse that is used to surveil everyone. But it has never ONCE proven to be the reality.
the purpose of this surveillance from the governments point of view is to control enemies of the state. Not terrorists. People who are coalescing around ideas that would destabilize the status quo. These could be religious ideas. These could be groups like anon who are too good with tech for the governments liking. It makes it very easy to know who these people are. It also makes it very simple to control these people.
The above excerpts capture the very real dangers of the sort of surveillance that the government may be planning. Still, you need to read the full article to grasp the whole picture. Here: Revolutions happen because little by little, things get worse and worse.