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An Open Letter To The US President

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 19, 2014, 9:44 PM


The following is a copy of a letter I sent to the white house to express my concerns over the scope of the NSA's civilian spying activities.

I haven't published a journal in a while, so I thought I'd submit it to publicly weigh in on the issue.

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Dear Mr. President,

I have voted for you in the past 2 elections, and I support your stance on most issues. However, I wish to express my opinion that I strongly disagree with your defense of the NSA’s domestic and international civilian spying activities. I recognize that it was not your administration that enacted these policies, but you have had over 5 years to repeal them or rein them in, and you have chosen not to.

It is impossible to guarantee that every person who will ever have access to the data being collected today will behave honorably with it. When a company loses control of the information that was willingly given to it, there is a backlash in public trust against that company. If our government were to lose control over information that was collected on innocent people without permission, the backlash would be devastating to trust in the entire public sector. It is a risk associated with the current policies that we cannot afford to take.

Persecution of all types is an ever looming threat over societies, and ours is no exception. McCarthyism happened here not so long ago, and that is far from the darkest chapter of our history. Technology has given us the capacity to monitor everyone, but I don’t think our society is any more tolerant of people we disagree with. There is no immutable mechanism in place to prevent the data being collected across the board today from being misused in the future. Such misuse (should it occur) could have disastrous and unjust consequences for anyone disliked by those who control the data.

While I understand the program’s motivation, I believe its methods are out of balance. The current policies amount to gathering “evidence” against people for their entire lives against some imagined future crimes that will probably never take place. This practice may not be illegal, but no society in the history of the world has benefited from being under constant government surveillance. Such practices breed distrust of communication among all people, and only very few who are negatively affected would have ever brought harm to society.

I believe you are a good man, and it is evident that you love the people of this nation. You are enduring one of the most challenging presidencies in our history, but I wish you’d address this problem. Much of the world would be grateful if you devoted more effort to ensuring that the NSA’s programs will not pose a threat to innocent people.

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Well, there it is. It started out twice as long, but their web server caps messages at 2,500 characters including spaces. It's probably for the best.

Some people don't seem to care if every aspect of their life is made public. Other people care quite a bit.

I don't think we're ready for a society where we all know everything about each other. I'm not sure we'll ever be ready. Some of us try hard to understand other points of view, and are willing to accommodate them to an extent. Other people don't try to understand, and only seek to destroy anything that isn't a reflection of themselves.

A world full of mirrors is a shiny place to live. Shiny and completely devoid of personality. Shiny and cold and sharp and brittle.

I worry that the more interconnected our world becomes, the more power we inadvertently give to those who would destroy the diversity that makes our world beautiful. 



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刘雨
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As a 23-year old Ph.D. student, there are many things in this world that I have yet to learn. I tend to take tasks very seriously, and the creation of art is important to me.

I began making fractal art back in 2006, shortly after I joined DA. Since that time, I have competed in a number of fractal contests and won several. My techniques vary significantly from some that you see among other fractal artists. I have remained on the outskirts of the community, which has in some ways stunted my growth as an artist, but simultaneously challenged me to develop my own techniques and gain a better understanding of the underlying mathematical principals that govern fractals. However, I have learned that it doesn't matter how much time you spend on techniques if you don't put your soul into the art you're making. It doesn't matter what median it is, without passion all you get is a hollow image, devoid of feeling.

While most of my art consists of fractals, I love to write, and I value my prose and poetry just as highly as my best fractals.

I am always eager to help people out, so if you have any questions about how I make my art, or if you would like me to make something for you, feel free to ask. B-)

Personal Quote: "If the door is locked, become the key"
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