Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Mon Jun 24 20:35:55 MDT 2013

To be fair, the Census is a power enumerated in the constitution.
Knowledge of this information does help with a vital aspect of government
which is the economic planning for the country. Individual census data is
sealed and strictly protected for decades.  I can't say as I would enjoy
it, but just like voting & jury duty, the census is something necessary to
the proper operation of a representative government, therefore it really is
your duty as a citizen to comply with the request/demand.

The extra additional questions may seem a bit intrusive, but they really
are just aggregated, the data isn't going to be used for nefarious
purposes.  Even if you put in something completely different from the IRS &
Census data, for instance you wouldn't get an audit because the IRS isn't
allowed access to that particular set of information.

On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM, Daniel Fussell <dfussell at byu.edu> wrote:

> 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.
> Grazie,
> ;-Daniel Fussell
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