Friday, January 20, 2006

Thank God for Google

So some jackasses in the Justice Department decided that they wanted Google, Yahoo, AOL, and MSN to turn over millions of search queries in an effort to track child pornographer and the people that look at that sick shit. Now no one is in favor of child pornography, but does anyone really believe that this is all the government would use the search query information for. Of course not. The government would take the search queries and use it for any number of things. Maybe to track terrorist activity, maybe to track membership is certain groups that aren't quite in line with the Administration's views. Who knows where it would end.

Unfortunately, Yahoo, AOL, and MSN happily turned over the information. Thankfully, Google is holding out and headed to court in what could be a major battle. The fact is that anyone who believes in a right to privacy, including Chief Justice Roberts and soon to be Justice Alito, can in no way condone or rule in favor of the government. In this case, the trust cannot be put in the government because the government has never earned that necessary trust.

The government has caught, prosecuted, and convicted thousands of child pornographers in the past without the help of these companies. Why, all of a sudden do they need this help. Thank you to Google for realizing that people's privacy is one of the most important rights in the United States.


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