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Thursday, December 02, 2010

A Problem with Potential Anti-TSA Regulations

One problem with passing laws defending the right to privacy is that they can be by the government against citizens as well as vice versa. For example:

This summer the issue of recording on-duty police officers has received a great deal of media attention. Camera-wielding citizens were arrested in Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts under interpretations of state wiretapping laws, while others were arrested in New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Florida, and elsewhere based on vaguer charges related to obstructing or interfering with a police officer.
Someday a backscatter x-ray might be needed to find out what the government has been up to. If we pass enough laws against it, those laws may be used against you.

Anti-wiretapping laws used to look anti-authoritarian, too …

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