TITLE: A Random Thought about the Metadata and Government Surveillance AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: July 08, 2013 1:05 PM DESC: ----- BODY: In a recent mischievous mood, I decided it might be fun to see the following. The next whistleblower with access to all the metadata that the US government is storing on its citizens assembles a broad list of names: Republican and Democrat; legislative, executive, and judicial branches; public official and private citizens. The only qualification for getting on the list is that the person has uttered any variation of the remarkably clueless statement, "If you aren't doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to hide." The whistleblower thens mine the metadata and, for each person on this list, publishes a brief that demonstrates just how much someone with that data can conclude -- or insinuate -- about a person. If they haven't done anything wrong, then they don't have anything to worry about. Right? -----