Do it to ourselves before the terrorists do

Government will spy on every call and e-mail – Times Online

Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.

Officials claim live monitoring is necessary to fight terrorism and crime. However, critics question whether such a vast system can be kept secure. A total of 57 billion text messages were sent in the UK last year – 1,800 every second.

Just for perspective, 12 billion pounds is about the property damage done by the destruction of the WTC. So if you do it pre-emptively, you can stop terrorists from doing it. Maybe.

Oh, and you can build a data store and search infrastructure that will be the highest-value target any group of black hats could ever have asked for.

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