I do not care who wrote it.
It is just not logically practical that every mundane detail of everyday American life could be deposited into a "virtual, centralized grand database" even within our life span.
Furthermore, It would be so full of non sequitur, superfluous ****, out of control and unwieldy. Like their gonna be so interested in the NyQuil I bought with my visa card at Walgreen’s this morning.
Logically ponder the cost of such a beast. Who the hell would want to pay the astronomical taxes to support it? Not me!
Sorry folks, but Safire’s diatribe is hyperbole at its best.
Thoreau once said:
"We are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspected."
That is why paranoia can not protect you. No matter how much you think they are out to get you, You never really know.
Oh yea, "Total Information Awareness" is an oxymoron. :cool: