privacy, wiretaps and ironic small government

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) – U.S. President George Bush decided to skip seeking warrants for international wiretaps because the court was challenging him at an unprecedented rate.

From UPI

This right-wing spin on this is amazing. Bush’s comment that If al Qaeda is calling you, we want to know why was just sad. Honestly, if you knew al Qaeda was going to call, why not get a warrant so the call would be admissible in court?.

She did not look like someone who would have downloaded songs like Incubus’ “Nowhere Fast,” Godsmack’s “Whatever” and Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” all of which were allegedly found on her computer.

From CNN

While I can tolerate the NSA monitoring the Internet for reasons of national security, why is the RIAA monitoring the private on-line activity of people who have not consented to such monitoring? I am really hoping this makes it to the supreme court, with the hope that the court agrees that the government does not have the authority to allow private industry to conduct unwarranted searches. And where at those GOP champions of Small Government? How can they reconcile their beliefs in private property yet allow the RIAA to violate the property rights of computer users?

Cases like this make me realize why the EFF is so important.