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Saturday, December 17, 2005 |
( 12/17/2005 10:29:00 AM ) Bill S.
"I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE . . . SOMEONE IS WATCHING ME!" – When I went to college in the late sixties/early seventies, it was pretty much taken for granted by those of us involved in any degree of anti-war organization that the F.B.I. had a file on us. When the Freedom of Information Act offered folks a chance to see their own files, I had friends who sent off to see theirs – the xeroxed documents were so heavy with black-out that they were by-and-large useless, but they did confirm one thing: that paranoid feeling you had that someone was watching you was not a diagnosable symptom. (One charming fillip to this whole FOIA thing: if you asked for a copy of your F.B.I. file and they didn't have one on ya, they created one to have a record of the request.) Reading today that our president has unapologetically authorized a secret eavesdropping program can't help but bring those days back to me. It's not an aspect of the 60's & 70's that I particularly care to be re-living - even from a distance. # |