"Complete and accurate surveillance as a means of control
is probably a practical impossibility. What is much more likely
is a loss of privacy and constant inconvenience as the wrong people
gain access to information, as one wastes time convincing
the inquisitors that one is in fact innocent, or as one struggles
to untangle the errors of the errant machine."
Technological Man: The Myth and the Reality, 1969
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
That is the very reason we should not allow government to implement such invasive surveillance programs -- no one can be trusted, so why should we create such centralized power just waiting to be abused?
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Those who have had their ID (credit cards, etc.) stolen know the truthfulness of this statement (when American Express was hacked into even PINs were taken); or, as happened(s) to me: a governmental clerk, (intimate with an incarcerated individual with my same name) inadvertently placed the criminal's SSN on my paperwork. That was years ago and to this day either a bad credit report, I'm in jail or have a warrant, I'm dead, or worse ;-) still pops up on occasion. Another example is when a man was divorced in Pennsylvania and moved to California with his kids, he couldn't get a drivers license because he didn't pay his child support (just another personal information screw-up by government.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The only thing intimate government surveillance accomplishes is keeping honest people honest. It's the people they're supposedly trying to catch that will always find loopholes -- in the interim, the 99.99999999% (ad nauseam) of honest hard working people will suffer encroachments upon their privacy, liberty, security, and freedom. Ironic that so many American's would give up their own security and liberty for a government promise of increased liberty and security; as if giving up your rights and freedoms somehow gives you more in the end. Such surveilance is grossly against the foundations of our Republic.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    I think complete and accurate surveillance as a means of control probably is now a practical possibility. Ferkiss must not have heard of Moore's law. There is now enough data and cheap computing power to control what we buy, where we go, what we do. All that is lacking is the implementation and the desire to completely control us.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Corporatism, the merging of corporations and the government, is also known as fascism, and the social media giants now serve as the propaganda arm of the government.  Take a deeper look and it will be discovered that Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter all have multi-billion dollar contracts with the government, particularly the CIA which own and control large chunks of each.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Now, it is best to understand, even in the middle of nowhere, you are being watched ! " These are the days "
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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    In this shamefully shameless and shamelessly shameful day, the acutely narcissistic/exhibitionistic among us are more than content to be the facilitators of their being surveilled ...
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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