Greed becomes a serious problem when it causes us to turn into b*stards.
When we are willing to shove hundreds of millions of people under the proverbial bus because "I got mine!"
We've been doing that ever since Cain said to God, "am I my brother's keeper?"
Like it or not, much
of the stuff that is being done "in the name of Homeland Security" is pure-and-simply being done for Filthy Lucre ... not
because it genuinely advances the process of security. Which might not be such of a problem were it not for the reality that it undermines
that national security.
We're all still thinking about "nations" as "objects" that from time to time build "armies" and go fight one another. What no one seems to be thinking about is that this technology reduces a nation to "hundreds of millions of individually-identifiable individuals," and
captures in real-time far more information about those people than any
of those people are (yet!) seriously thinking about, and
puts that information ... which in other contexts would be "beyond-Top Secret" ... under no protection at all. We don't know what it is, we don't know where it is, we don't know who has it, and we can't observe them doing anything with it. But someone, someday, is
gonna do something very-horrible with it, the likes of which the world has not yet seen because it was never possible nor conceivable before. Furthermore, it will be the intrinsic nature of
the threat, not merely its size or severity, that will be seen to be "unprecedented."
Well, it isn't
unprecedented. We can see it very plainly right now. It requires nothing more than "a six-month contract" to do this.
If you uncork a bottle that has never before been found and let a benevolent genie out, you'd better look in that same bottle for the other