National Geographic : 2004 Mar
Watching You I would rather take my chances with terrorists and robbers than be monitored and analyzed by anyone-be it my boss or the government. Wake up, people; our freedom is at stake! CATHLEEN McGOWAN Zion, Illinois I have no big problems with modern surveillance, as long as people's rights are not violated. Many people feel it's wrong for the government to watch them, but as soon as their lives are saved by modern-day surveil lance, I think their opinions will change. OWEN TOMLINSON Exeter, Devon FROM OUR ONLINE FORUM nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0311 Your magazine has done the U.S. a great service. People need to be FOR MORE INFORMATION Toget NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800 -647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800-548-9797. The magazine's website: nationalgeo graphic.com/magazine For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publications awakened to the dangers inher ent in the federal government knowing everything. It may well be that these changes are not being instituted by despots but rather by misguided patriots in the name of liberty, safety, and security. However, what is to pre vent a despot in 20 or 50 years from using the system to insti tute a dictatorship? George Orwell and Robert Heinlein both have given us possible scenarios. Can it be that American citizens have forgotten the words of Ben jamin Franklin, now more than 200 years old, but still valid: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little tempo rary safety deserve neither lib erty nor safety." FRED BUSHNELL Plfalzgrafinweiler, Germany 'Ihose who complain about a violation of "privacy rights" in the video surveillance of public places need to get their terminol ogy straight. A public place is not, per se, private. What they are really complaining about is a lack of anonymity. Most people would agree that being anony mous in public is much less important than true privacy. KEN SIMON (rosse lie, Michigan NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * MARCH 2004 Forum November 2003 "Watching You," the story on surveillancetechnol ogy, provoked the most mail. One reader complained that it should have been the cover story. It was-but only on some magazines. Although all members received issues with an ancient Egyptian reliefon the cover (above left), newsstand buyers in North America saw two different covers: either the Egyptian relief or a glaringeye (above right).Early numbers show the surveillancecover faringbetter. N.kf I(1' i GVO(ril'11.K' A11Oti.11 11,O6R11'lII( V WATCHING NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. 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