November 28, 2005

Giving the U.S. Military the Power to Conduct Domestic Surveillance

Bruce Schneier has an interesting post that the eeeevil terrorist aren't just being used as a cover of authoritarianism on this side of the pond. The White House is giving the U.S. military the power to conduct domestic surveillance. Mr Schneier then comments that:
The police and the military have fundamentally different missions. The police protect citizens. The military attacks the enemy. When you start giving police powers to the military, citizens start looking like the enemy.

...This kind of thing worries me far more than terrorist threats.
With one of his commenters adding
Huh? The police don't protect citizens. It's not in their job description.
Which is also quite true. At times it seems that the police are there more to stop people form protecting themselves.


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