Putting the Blinders Back on Big Brother

BusinessWeek on creeping BigBrotherism (follow link for full story):

In wartime, privacy and civil liberties are usually among the casualties. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, the right of prisoners to petition their case before a judge. Woodrow Wilson approved the arrest of pacifists during World War I. And Franklin D. Roosevelt interned thousands of Japanese Americans in World War II. All three arguably made the wrong decision. But all three also reversed those excesses when the conflicts ended.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11 — and with the U.S. invasion of Iraq now in full force — the balance is once again shifting toward security at the expense of privacy.

[From BusinessWeek Online, via Privacy Digest]