I recently saw this and will award Mr. Michael Chertoff the Economic Moron of the Week Award. I know this is not purely economics but its moronic:
“Recently, “Server in the Sky” — a proposed international database of the fingerprints of suspected criminals and terrorists to be shared among the U.S., U.K. and Canada — has ignited a firestorm of controversy. As have cavalier comments by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that fingerprints aren’t “personal data.””
Why doesn’t Chertoff think that this is personal data? This is an invasion of privacy! This is more Patriot Act like tactics.
After a while in order to fight dictators and totalitarian terrorists in a free country, they often use the same tools. Then it becomes a game of who really is the dictator? Another example was in the early part of the 20th century the Post Office would censor socialists. Now I do not agree with socialists one bit, but I believe censoring is one of their tools.
The rest is here.