In the never ending quest to fight terrorism--and child pornography--our government is now keenly interested in accessing the internet history of anyone and everyone. (Hat tip: TalkLeft.) According to this article from Bloomberg.com, Alberto Gonzales and the FBI have:
(A)sked Internet companies to retain records such as lists of e-mails sent and received or information on Web searches...
Gonzales is pressing Internet companies for more cooperation as the Justice Department focuses on terrorism and child pornography cases. The move has prompted complaints from privacy advocates and led to a clash earlier this year with Google, the word's largest search engine.
So, let's see, in order to "defeat" terrorism (and of course, child pornography) the government is interested in every ordinary citizen's:
- e-mails (see above)
- internet searches
- internet activity
- library records
- mail sent to or received from overseas
- domestic telephone records
- cell phone tower data in order to pinpoint one's location
- overseas telephone records
- blood sugar levels (okay--this one's not in the name of "terrorism", but it's invasive nonetheless)
- anti-war efforts
- comings and goings
Big Brother is watching. Every.Move.You.Make.
My advice--tread softly, and don't make any sudden moves.