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May 04, 2010


Nothing like blaming the messenger. It wasn't the fault of "privacy campaigners" that the Government has taken nearly a decade to assume control of the watch listing process. A long series of hopelessly bloated, ineffective and unfair proposals fell of their own weight. Simple and fair could have been put in place years ago. http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty/blaming-messenger-watchlist-problems

Barry Steinhardt rises to defend Matt Drudge and the ACLU. The left-right privacy lobby in action. And not especially persuasive. Barry claims the program somehow mysteriously failed on its own, omitting the lobby's determined assault, which no doubt also accounts for the shifting, ever-shrinking scope of the program. And he claims the lobby never opposed a narrowly defined program but in a post full of links he doesn't link to a single serious (or unserious) ACLU proposal for actually implementing the narrow program he says it supported.

Barry Steinhardt
Much appreciated Stewart! But you are giving the "privacy lobby" way to much credit/blame for the "ever shifting" program. The program kept morphing because it was badly designed and built on a base of sand-- the hopelessly bloated watch list. BTW, the watch list's deficiencies were chronicled by Federal Government's own internal reviews. I long list of critical reports, as well as the ACLU's clear statement that we did not oppose a narrowly tailored watch list, can be found at http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/watch-lists.

Accounts for the shifting, ever-shrinking scope of the program.

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