When Senator Barack Obama announced his support for strengthening the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to include more opportunities for the government to monitor our lives, it was a preview of things to come. Little did we know that when he declared he would have the most transparent presidency in history he was talking about our activities--not his.
We now know that upon becoming president, Obama ordered his security people to monitor not only phone calls overseas with the specific goal of counterterrorism surveillance, but all domestic calls by Verizon (and probably other companies) customers over at least a three-month period.
He's really got us. Cell phones and the Internet have become such a major part of our personal and business lives--how could we ever cut back on those activities in order to protect ourselves from government intrusion?
Well, although it won't be easy, I've decided that I can make some changes will help to rein-in at least some of my exposure to privacy abuse:
1. I'm going to a "cash whenever possible" mindset. There are many times that I use a debit card when I could pay with cash. For me, the benefits of cash outweigh the inconvenience.