2009-07-30 / Letters to the Editor

A greater surveillance threat

Regarding Sam Bari’s recent column titled “The Reality TV Network:”

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance; fortunately, government surveillance allows the surveilled to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of the activity and affords the protection of the civil and criminal court system to those impacted adversely or not. The right to petition the government for grievances or to publish those grievances is protected.

A far greater threat is private, relatively unregulated intrusion and surveillance by modern publishers. Princess Diana died in her attempt to escape the paparazzi, a visible tip of the surveillance underworld iceberg. Reflect that “Candid Camera” is just a public presentation of the thousands of deceptions practiced in real life upon one individual victimized by entertainment industry intrusion and surveillance. If one looks to find the who, what, when, where, why and how of private entertainment industry intrusion and surveillance, a puzzled query, “What are you talking about?” is often the response.

I totally agree a threat to liberty, property, life itself exists because of the newly developing technology, but the competition to decide its place in a civilized society is impaired by the secrecy of a “Big Brother” media more so than the elected government.
Roger Vaughn
Cocoa Beach, Fla.

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