I suppose I shouldn't really be surprised by the news I read today. Honestly, I guess it's not surprise that washes over me when I read this sort of thing. It's more a feeling of deep seated dread. Dread, anger, and helplessness. It's the last of which that irritates me the most.

It seems every couple of months we hear about some atrocity occurring which further and further infringes on our rights in the name of security. While I'm all for being secure, and I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, these things have been out of control for a while now. I'm not sure if I should be worried that things are shaping up more and more like I envision the lead up to 1984, or whether that's just being paranoid.

In the book, Orwell didn't chronicle the exact details of how the fictional society came to be the way that it was. He wisely left that up to the imagination and speculation of the reader. Honestly many roads teeter unfortunately close to the perils laid out in this literary work. More and more, though, I see direct parallels between this "outlandish" story, and things that our government is doing. And that is terrifying.

Perhaps I'm paranoid and delusional,. Perhaps I'm cautiously aware. Either way, it irks me to see the government delve deeper and deeper into our personal lives without due cause. Do I think we're going to be in the world from that book? I sure hope not. But I still have some concerns about giving up rights in the name of security. If you don't believe me, ask Ben Franklin, "People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both". If only there were a way I could voice my distaste. Oh...wait....

I have to say, though, the geek in me is awfully interested to know how they're retrieving, logging, storing and accessing all that data. How many records would be in the DB? Great googly moogly. ;)

Anyway, if you need me, I'll be under my desk, wearing my tin-foil hat.