The point is not whether they have something to hide or not, it's simply that allowing anyone to snoop into people's personal stuff is wrong, period.
And by justifying it invoking security reasons, we give up our right to privacy and make it ok for anyone with a badge or a position of authority to invade our personal life. And that's wrong quite simply.
The terrorist threat is as high as it ever was, we still have planes disappearing out of thin air while we are completely powerless to do anything to prevent it or even find the aircraft afterward, public events (such as 4th of July celebrations for example) are still jammed packed with security staff to the point of making the whole thing look like a war zone, complete with people being harassed right and left for no reason at all under the guise of "security", and it's getting worse.
Do *I* have anything to hide? Nope. In fact I lead a life so square the NSA agents that may read my emails probably fall asleep on the job or start screaming and pulling their hair out of boredom, lol.
But it's a matter of principle:
Stay the bloody hell out of my stuff, for f### sake.
I'm pretty sure our government knows full well how to trace terrorists, hell Bush got a full report of his desk right before 911 and that was before the whole homeland security debacle. So they know how, they've known for a long time.
This is about controlling the people, plain and simple.
Today we live under the exact same rules that we blamed the Soviets for during the Cold War:
Phone calls can be tapped, communications can be rummaged through, hell, citizens can be arrested and held indefinitely without being charged, Habeus Corpus has gone down the toilet. Constitutional rights are a joke. Financial records are wide open to our government's snooping.
So no, I don't have anything to hide.
But you're still not welcome to my personal information, boring as it may be.
I'm not kidding myself though:
The powers that be most likely can see everything they need to see about me, Blackberry or not, simply because I have used Google and Microsoft products in the past and I currently also use Apple products.
Which is precisely my point:
You have all you need, leave my effing phone alone.
And I rather like buying my device from a company that hasn't bent over and spread their legs for the NSA.
In fact if Blackberry made a tablet and a laptop that served my needs, I would get them in a heartbeat and never look back.
So we may be powerless in front of Big Brother. But I don't have to welcome them either.
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