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Sunday, December 22, 2002

Backpedaling

Yesterday, or maybe it was a couple days ago, we heard about the U.S. government's proposal to monitor the Internet (NYTimes: Bush Administration to Propose System for Monitoring Internet):

Tiffany Olson, the deputy chief of staff for the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, said yesterday that the proposal, which includes a national network operations center, was still in flux. She said the proposed methods did not necessarily require gathering data that would allow monitoring at an individual user level.

Then, today, or maybe it was the same day, the denials start rolling in (InfoWorld: U.S. government denies plans for Net monitoring system):

"The story is wrong. There is no such proposal under consideration," said Homeland Security spokesman Brian Roehrkasse.

Geesh! I wish these people would get their stories straight. What are we believe? Does it really matter what we believe? Is the denial just a two-step sidestep to get us off their backs while they go through with their plans? Too many questoins. And, I'm sure we haven't heard the end of this.

One thing that strikes me about both those articles is the multiple references to unnamed sources or an unnamed official. There sure seems to be a lot of that going on these days. I hope the press realizes that that type of reporting only makes them look like propagandizers.

And, in my own little bit of self-censoring backpedaling, I've removed certain derogatory references made by me about a certain someone. What I wrote may be true, but it could also be considered defamatory. That's just not right. And, it's not really me. (See, Washington Post: Free Speech -- Virtually Legal Constraints on Web Journals Surprise Many 'Bloggers'. Thanks, Bret.)

Posted by Marie at December 22, 2002 2:27 AM

Comments

I don't believe a word these people say anymore. Especially after seeing this country turn into a Police State where people can be arrested for taking pictures or questioning the need to be exposed in a public airport.

Anyway, the Total Information Awareness program should be enough to answer this question!

Posted by: Doc at December 23, 2002 9:20 AM