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Old 07-24-2017, 04:01 AM   #46
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The cost of freedom


@Tazza - I fully appreciate your point of view. However, this is not a technology issue, it's a political/life choices one.

Anyone with a brain must be concerned about the clear losses of freedom we are experiencing - pretty much worldwide.

What it comes down to is choosing your battles and deciding where you can do the most good.

For most people, standing up to the government as an individual (encrypting, etc.) would have very little impact and a very high cost. This isn't a game.

Joining a political movement to oppose these measures might have far more impact. It's really hard to tell if there's any solid ground left from which to make a stand.

We are seeing the price of standing up when you can make an impact as an individual. Chelsea Manning attempted suicide several times after being tortured extensively. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are more or less living in political bunkers for the rest of their lives. And they each had some support from others - at least after the fact.

With stakes like these, we cannot presume to tell anyone else what choices they should make.

No one should throw away their life for nothing. There needs to be a clear path (at least from their personal point of view) to a reasonably likely positive outcome of some sort. And they each have to choose to make that sacrifice - because that's what it is.
 
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For most people, standing up to the government as an individual (encrypting, etc.) would have very little impact and a very high cost. This isn't a game.
I this being my feeling. I recall, years ago, a suggestion that potentioal "trigger phrases" such as "bomb" and "asasinate" (and some more specific ones related to terrorism) be included in all email footers (preferably with the rest of the message encrypted) to annoy yhe people in Echelon. Now such things may well end up with the sender and recipient having criminal records and the tabloids ensuring they never work again.
 
  


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