“…the balance between personal freedom and government oversight has gotten seriously skewed throughout the West, and especially the Anglo-Saxon West, over the past decade. Sometimes post-9/11 security is invoked, sometimes health, always safety. The temptation to monitor people’s lives often proves irresistible because the technology now exists to do so. Fear is cultivated to justify technological intrusion and ubiquitous cameras.
But safety should not be paramount; it is not a supreme value; it should not be the altar at which freedom is sacrificed. Just because more and more tools exist to control people does not mean authorities should use them, and just because accidents happen does not mean life should be lived as if they are always imminent.”
– Roger Cohen, “Freer – and Less Free” NY Times, 8/03/2012