[QUOTE=debro;2521675]Incidentally, a recent survey shows that paranoia is lowest in the following countries: Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Switzerland & South Africa.[/QUOTE]
What others do is their business. I don’t like a government that needs/wants the ability to know more about its citizens than is reasonable. To me this crosses the line of what I consider reasonable.
[QUOTE=debro;2521675]Do you make phone calls on prepaid mobiles at home, at work? Bang, they already know who you are.[/QUOTE]
If the phone is purchased without tracking the buyer then the government doesn’t know what phone to zero in on. Also, most prepaid phones don’t have GPS, so triangulating a signal won’t give a precise location of a phone in use. If the government doesn’t know what phone to look for, or who bought a given phone, then tracking a person using a prepaid phone is very problematic. Why do you think they want these sales records enacted?
[QUOTE=debro;2521675]Only people wanting to engage in criminal activities have any real reason to argue against providing prepaid phone registration.[/QUOTE]
I don’t engage in criminal activity and want to be able to purchase a prepaid phone without letting the government perform a proctological exam on me. A government that needs such invasive capabilities toward its citizens can’t be trusted, IMO.
[QUOTE=debro;2521675]Get a fake ID, and buy a prepaid phone … your anonymity is secure … along with your criminal status [/QUOTE]
Why should I, a non criminal, have to break the law to buy a prepaid phone that is anonymous? This is the mentality the government has instilled in people. That being, let the government do whatever it wants and then we have to break the law in to regain the freedoms we just gave away to them. People need to wake up about what they are allowing the government to do to them. Their basic freedoms are being eroded away and they either don’t realize it or don’t care.
Thomas Jefferson was a wise man and the following is one of my favorite quotes from him:
[B][I]“When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”[/I][/B]
We are fast becoming the latter, IMO.