Monday, February 25, 2008

Juan Cole Debunks the Terrorist Scare

I'm proud to say I did the avatar for Dr. Cole's Second Life appearance on Virtually Speaking. Today he completely debunks the terrorists in cyber space scare:

Any monitoring by law enforcement of innocuous activity and communication in a virtual world, conducted broadly and without oversight, would be unconstitutional and could invade the privacy of millions of persons. I found no evidence based on my own observations that a virtual world is suitable for planning a terror operation. The anxieties of terrorism "experts" and government officials may also reflect a fear of being not so easily able to extend broad, unchecked surveillance into this new virtual frontier, even if doing so may well accomplish nothing in terms of protecting national security.

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