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15 January 2010
 

The following is the except of an article by Brian Doherty, a senior editor at Reason magazine and author of This is Burning Man, Radicals for Capitalism, and Gun Control on Trial, and its Chinese translation:

Civil libertarians hoped that the Obama era would see a renewed commitment to privacy protections. But their dreams are being dashed.

人权组织曾盼望着奥巴马时代会懂得尊重公民的隐私权,但他们的梦想破灭了。

Candidate Obama swore that under his reign, Americans would see “no more National Security Letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” But his administration has shown no desire to relieve itself of NSL powers. National Security Letters allow FBI agents to grab records and information about you from third parties without any judicial supervision. The recipients are legally prohibited from telling anyone other than their lawyers that they gave up the information.

奥巴马竞选的时候曾信誓旦旦,声称若当选将“不会再有向第三者发国安信的事发生”. [自9.11以来,美国政府几乎视每一个美国公民为恐怖嫌疑犯,并特许联邦调查局在被怀疑者(无论有无证据)不知情的情况下随意向第三者发信调查被怀疑者的任何情况,取调与被怀疑者有关的任何资料]。但如今在他的主政下,国安信照发无误。

The Patriot reauthorization debate unfolded as the telecommunications industry, already known for craven capitulation to the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, was revealed by researcher Chris Soghoian to be continuing to cooperate with law enforcement against customers’ interests at a level that, in the words of a request from Yahoo! to keep its collaboration quiet, would “shock” customers and “shame” telcos.

克里斯·索苟安的报告显示,美国的电讯公司至今仍在暗中配合联邦秘密警察非法调查他们的客户。

Sprint Nextel, for example, provided the government with GPS locations of its subscribers via their cell-phone signals 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009. As Soghoian writes, telecom and Internet providers “all have special departments, many open 24 hours per day, whose staff do nothing but respond to legal requests. Their entire purpose is to facilitate the disclosure of their customers’ records to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

比如春电电讯,自2008九月至2009十月,通过手机信号定位系统向政府提供手机使用者所行踪共八百万次。据索苟安的报告,每个美国的电讯与互联网公司中都设有一个特殊部门,这个部门中的工作人员只干一件事:随时向政府有关机构报告关于他们客户的情况。

These two stories—Patriot reauthorization and telco cooperation—frame the battlefield on which American privacy is being slaughtered. On one end is a government that wants to suck up as much information as it can with as little oversight as possible. On the other end are private companies—to which we entrust more and more information about what we are saying, writing, buying, and thinking—that in effect act as government information agencies.

就这样美国政府和美国的私人企业联手剥夺了美国公民的隐私权。美国的私人企业事实上已变成了政府的秘密警察部门。

Full text can be viewed from following link: mindcontrol.twoday.net/stories/6138777/

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