Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?

keith smith klsmith2020 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 24 18:01:40 MDT 2013

Your census forms said you were invited?  Mine requested the same info and said it was mandatory.  

My business is an LLC and I am organized under the IRS as an S-Corp.  Last year I received a questionnaire that wanted all kinds of info about my business.  I think it was from the department of commerce.  

I don't get it.


Keith Smith

--- On Mon, 6/24/13, Daniel Fussell <dfussell at byu.edu> wrote:

From: Daniel Fussell <dfussell at byu.edu>
Subject: Re: Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?
To: nathan at nmecs.com, "Provo Linux Users Group" <plug at plug.org>
Date: Monday, June 24, 2013, 3:59 PM

On 06/10/2013 12:33 PM, Nathan England wrote:
> On Monday, June 10, 2013 10:23:49 AM Matthew Frederico wrote:
>> Thoughts?
> Oh well. Matthew has a good point. At least *this* is doing something. Of course, it's
> much harder when you've got a wife and a handful of kids to take care of...

I hear that.  My wife and I had a very serious conversation when we were "chosen" ("you've been chosen") for the special US census survey that asked all kinds of private details (mortgage values, commute times, home values, medical insurance information, etc), and filling it out was required by law under threat of both fines and jail time for not complying.  It was the spammiest thing I've ever gotten outside of please-helpme-move-massive-sum-to-your-bank-account emails.  My wife and I began a very serious discussion about how far we were willing to go to protest the intrusive census; a survey we felt was far in excess of the census designated in the constitution.  We wrote letters to our representatives, made a stink on facebook, talked to everyone we knew about it, and began making backup plans in case things got ugly.  We had a number of sleepless nights, and were very grateful to Ron Paul for proposing that participation in the census be changed
 from mandatory to voluntary, and the federal penalties dropped.

We all probably did the same thing last year with the SOPA fiasco. We wrote letters, signed petitions, blacked-out websites.  Granted, writing letters is not likely to quickly return us to the glory days of the late 18th century, but the response I've seen from the untold number of people writing letters has been surprising to me.

;-Daniel Fussell

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