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I Gots the FEAR!

February 21st, 2008 · 6 Comments

The Heritage Foundation’s warrantless wiretap clock lets you know precisely how long scary terrorists have been celebrating the president’s inability to eavesdrop on Americans’ international communications at whim:

Update: As a commenter notes, the clock misidentifies the last unit in their counter as “milliseconds.” I used to jokingly say of people I regarded as especially unreliable that if they told me the time of day, I’d still want to check my watch… but my God, it’s true: The wiretap boosters can’t even tell time without lying.

Tags: Privacy and Surveillance



6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sandy // Feb 21, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Do they make Dalkon Shields for foundations? I think it would make them feel more secure.

  • 2 Greg N. // Feb 21, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Funny, I hadn’t noticed.

  • 3 Sam McManus // Feb 21, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Well I, for one, am terror-fied.

  • 4 apk01004 // Feb 22, 2008 at 3:28 am

    Those aren’t milliseconds, they’re centiseconds.

  • 5 Gary McGath // Feb 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    For something over a decade over three different addresses, the Heritage Foundation has been sending me elaborate junk mail, always with business reply envelopes. I send them all back stuffed with scrap paper for extra weight, making sure that my address is easily found when they open the envelope. They still send me junk mail.

    Intelligence isn’t to be expected from those people.

  • 6 Julian Elson // Feb 27, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    This is a stupid idea even from a fear-mongering perspective. It’s not a count-down, but a count-up, so there’s no scary limit that we’re getting closer to. Worse still is that every centisecond we go with “defenses down” without actually having terrible consequences just demonstrates how those “defenses” weren’t necessary. The higher the numbers go, the better, and the weaker their arguments become.

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