National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell told the New Yorker that The federal government should be able to read all communications on the Internet. McConnell is working to make it possible too; he has developed a cyber security policy that would make total internet openness a reality, but President George W. Bush has not announced it yet.
McConnell feels the increase in governmental scrutiny of the web, your email, and everything else on the net is necessary in order to keep our information-systems safe from terrorists. Should McConnell succeed, the nature of privacy on the internet would be fundamentally altered, not to mention the relationship between our government and its citizens.
If McConnell is right that "sunshine is the best disinfectant" when it comes to security on the internet, we find it contradictory that the Bush presidency has been meticulously increasing the secrecy of the executive branch since at least 2001. Shouldn't the same rules apply to the rights of the citizens to watch the actions of the government it elects? You know, like the founders of the country intended?
Information Week: National Intelligence Director Wants To Monitor All Net Communications