from wired this morning, “taking liberties with our freedom”:
Not to be left off the gravy train, big business also pushed through its own grab bag of perks in the new legislation.
One of the most egregious and potentially dangerous of these travesties is the Homeland Security Act’s creation of new and very broad exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act.
Businesses now have a new way to evade liability for safety violations, hazards to consumers and other abuses. They need merely report the information about their behavior — even totally unclassified activities — to the federal government, and claim it’s related to homeland security. In the parlance of the Homeland Security Act, they declare the data to be “CII,” or Critical Infrastructure Information.
Instantly, the company filing drops that information into a black hole of secrecy, hidden from public view. If a government employee releases any such data without the permission of the company that submitted it, regardless of its importance to the public, they could be subject to jail time.
so. not only do we have Total Information Awareness as regards our personal data being collected, all of it, we also have no right to know about dangerous corporate behavior.
oh and let’s not forget this little gem: There is a provision, as you may know, that provides liability protection for pharmaceutical companies that actually make mercury-based vaccine preservatives that actually have caused autism in children. It wipes out all of the litigation.
feudal. that’s the word i’ve been looking for. feudal.