Information age is dangerous


To The Editor:
If it is true that we are living in the “Information Age,” with the print media and even television fading from power, then the ideal medium for information would be the Internet itself. Information on who visits what sites, details of the name, age, gender and address of each visitor is stored by the great Internet servers.

WPP, for example, boasted that it had profiled 500 million people in their data base, including hundreds of millions of addresses.

Google has admitted to acceding at least five times in the last 12 months to U.S. government request for information. One who is naïve in these matters may assume that it was for commercial purposes only but the precise details are, of course, hidden from the American people.

It transpires that in the U.S. alone, surveillance is conducted and analyzed by just under one million people having the highest security clearance compared with the 1.47 million active personnel in the whole of the U.S. Armed Forces. This is an extraordinary percentage. In other words, the world has come a long way from crude hacking and phone tapping.

Meanwhile, it is encouraging that British journalists have succeeded in bringing down at least one media colossus hostile to the interest of the British people. Will American patriots arise to bring down our own media colossi liars such as ABC, CBS and NBC who are also hostile to the interest of the American people?

E.O. England,