It's not every day that an accomplished U.S. Judge publicly dismisses the Bill of Rights, but that's exactly what happened at a Cyber Crime conference in Washington, D.C. last week. Judge Richard Posner said that privacy is "overvalued" during a debate about digital privacy.

Posner, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, either forgot about the 4th Amendment that protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures, or he thinks that privacy has become an obsolete right in the digital age. Judge Posner continued on to say that the U.S. National Security Agency should have carte blanche to collect any information they want, for any reason, at any time.

Think you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy? Well, according to Judge Posner, you must be a bad person. At the Cyber Crime Conference, Posner added that privacy is only requested by people who want to conceal unsavory activities. That's less than comforting logic from a top legal mind.

Unfortunately, the judge's comments echo the kind of mismanagement and mistrust of the American public that's commonplace at the NSA under the Obama administration. Thomas Drake, a former NSA executive turned whistle-blower, released documents exposing financial waste, fraud, and abuse of privacy happening under President Obama's supervision. Drake confirmed that the NSA frequently searched and obtained data unconstitutionally, far exceeding the digital information searches that were criticized under the former Bush administration.

At the Cyber Crime Conference, Judge Posner openly supported increased government control. Not only did he suggest stripping citizens of their privacy rights, but he also stomped on American ingenuity and recommended banning businesses from producing technology products with encryption software. What's next? A ban on locking the door to our home?

Source: PC World

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