Spying, peeping and prying should be a crime


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The French are saying that Gaddafi is passe and should be booking a ticket to some far away island filled with girls and Mai-tais.  The Americans are thinking the time of Assad has passed and that he should gather is clan, round up the camels and start east toward the Persian Empire.  The clarity with which we can see the solution to another person’s problems is amazing; on the other side of the coin, the Assad Syrians think Obama and his boys (and girls if you include Hilary) might be happier working the precincts in Chicago and the loyal Libyans believe a war-crimes trial for Nicholas Sarkozy with a swift execution is the best answer to France’s illegal bombings and expansionism.

There are those willing to advance all of those agendas; the French socialists are poised to make a run at the presidency – that is if they can must a candidate untainted by his/her sexual exploits.  And, of course, here the Republicans are working industriously to unseat the Democrats and replace Barack with someone of their own stripe. Any one of the above may happen, but again today Mr. Murdoch and his empire of titillation have made all else  back-burner issues.  Murdoch made his fortune by understanding human nature better than his competition – he did not concentrate (although he did not ignore it) on better reporting – instead he concentrated on the lowest common denominator in all us – our lust for gossip.

If a news agency spends millions sending reporters to Cairo, Paris and Beijing, brings the most important stories and gives us the most insightful commentaries and analyses – we ignore it, all of that bores us.  But if it spends millions peaking inside of a car containing Princess Diana, the bedrooms of presidents, kings and movie stars and gives us the lurid details of women who have 8 kids at a time – we beat its door down and we will pay handsomely for those juicy bits of gossip.  Maybe the criminal is not Rupert , his son and his empire but our own lust for gossip.

Yesterday, I said I opined that our nature as competitors, players wanting to score the winning goal that lead reporters and some businessmen to do anything to ring the bell, to score in the big game of business and life.  I said I thought there was nothing we could do about it and another bunch of laws would not change our nature.  I would like to amend that thought somewhat – I think everyone should be held responsible for what they do and if they do something against the public law they should be punished.

Hacking however, appears to be somewhat of a loop-hole; there are cases when it may be okay to peak, pry and borrow.  I listened to a program today that described all of the technical aids one can legally purchase and use to “get into” the lives of others through their phones and computers.   Governments also want to reserve the right to “hack and pry” for themselves, of course to protect us from ourselves those evil ones amongst us.  Organizations like Wikileaks also thinks they have a right to obtain documents (and release them) that were obtained through illegal (often hacking) means –  because it declares itself to have a higher purpose – it too is protecting us from the evil ones amongst us; there Wikileaks thinks it too is okay.  So, why not news agencies – are they not trying to bring us the truth, to watch out for our interests by keeping an eye on business and government?

I think that hacking, prying, peeping and spying (using technology to peep) should be illegal – for everyone and that includes Mr. Murdoch, Mr. Assange, Mr. Hoover, Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama.   When hacking and its sister invasions are illegal,  then lets punish the violators.  That day is probably a long time off as we focus on the juicy bits in the case of Murdoch, England and the world of media spying.

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