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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

ACLU's Countdown To Doomsday


Playing on the fears of the paranoid, the ACLU have set an imaginary symbolic clock at six minutes before midnight! Once it reaches the 'dark hour' of midnight...we will be slaves to the ominous and evil 'surviellance society'. This isn't science fiction. This is typical scare tactics from the ACLU.
"We are rapidly moving toward a future where our every move, our every transaction, our every communication is tracked and may be used against us," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Project. "Too often that big picture is lost amid the stream of daily privacy stories. The Surveillance Clock is part of our efforts to keep people focused on that big picture and dramatize what’s happening to America."
In conjunction with the clock, the ACLU released "Even Bigger, Even Weaker: The Emerging Surveillance Society." A follow-up to the ACLU’s widely cited 2003 report "Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains," the new paper provides an update on how diverse developments in technology, law and government are working together to bring us toward a surveillance society.
The ACLU also released a video of "Monster Among Us," a spoken-word performance piece dramatizing the growing surveillance society, which Connell & Sekou wrote for the ACLU.
"The trend toward greater tracking and surveillance of individuals has intensified rapidly in recent years," said Steinhardt. "National identity systems, mass surveillance and data mining, the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program, DNA data-banking, search engines that store our every query, even satellites – it’s worse than ever."

So, how will we know when the "dark hour" strikes us? The ACLU will let us know of course. They will use the clock, which they have made into convientent website buttons for your blogs, to prey upon the paranoid. Whenever they need money they will click the clock forward a notch and probably send out a press release filled with paranoia. They will need your immediate action to save us all from the immenent apocalypse of privacy. The clock will probably never actually hit midnight, because then it would be too late for the ACLU to save us. They'll get it close, knock it back a few notches, etc. They'll keep it around as long as it pulls in the cash.
The ACLU said it would push the clock forward or back in response to developments that worsen or improve the movement toward mass surveillance. The Surveillance Society Clock was inspired by the "Doomsday Clock" created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to warn about the potential for nuclear war.

However, for the truly paranoid...the truth is out there. The ACLU is all a part of the plot! They are baiting you! BEHOLD THE ACLU'S HYPOCRISY EXPOSED!
The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders’ commitment to privacy rights.
Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization’s frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes.
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The group’s new data collection practices were implemented without the board’s approval or knowledge and were in violation of the ACLU’s privacy policy at the time, according to Michael Meyers, vice president of the organization and a frequent internal critic. He said he had learned about the new research by accident Nov. 7 during a meeting of the committee that is organizing the group’s Biennial Conference in July.
He objected to the practices, and the next day, the privacy policy on the group’s Web site was changed. “They took out all the language that would show that they were violating their own policy,” Meyers said. “In doing so, they sanctified their procedure while still keeping it secret.”

No matter which way you turn, your privacy is doomed! Let the countdown begin ACLU!
Crossposted from Stop The ACLU

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