By Andrew Kreig / Project Director
Our guest on this week’s Washington Update radio show May 5 was information security expert William Eyre, Ph.D., left, author of The Real ID Act, a first-of-its-kind book describing government surveillance in the United States enabled by post-9/11 legislation. The book warns that federal laws and procedures disguised as anti-terrorism measures have far-reaching, sinister implications for ordinary citizens and for the nation’s democratic process.
The show broadcast live with my longtime co-host Scott Draughon may be heard nationwide by archive by clicking here on the My Technology Lawyer (MTL) radio network, and by archive. The interview began 17 minutes past the hour after host comments about the inside angle on national news. Among the topics were the curious choice as publicist for Republican Presidential candidate and brith certificate advocate Donald Trump, shown at right. As Trump makes news by raising a storm of questions regarding President Obama's birth certificate, his publicist apparently is Ari Emanuel, brother of longtime Democratic strategist Rahm Emanuel, who left his post as President Obama's chief of staff to become mayor of Chicago. See details below.
In a unique treatment of the question of Constitutional rights and rights destroying laws, the featured guest Eyre chronicled what he calls the government’s unconstitutional abridgement of individual rights in times of war and national emergency from 1798 to the present. The author emphasized the perpetual and Orwellian “Global War on Terror,” the war that will never end. He examined also construction of privacy as a right and what he calls the ultimate in rights destruction: TSA’s molestation and naked picture-taking of citizens. “The new surveillance system,” the author argued, “erodes personal privacy and creates a threat to privacy and autonomy from criminals, the government and (due to insider abuses of data) criminal members of the government.”
The book tracks an ordinary couple, apocryphally named Winston and Julia Smith, through the course of their daily routines, and illustrates the manner in which their activities can be monitored and catalogued for further use in myriad ways. Eyre provides an authoritative and compelling account of the loss of American freedoms in the name of preserving such freedoms.
Eyre has spent his career in Information Technology, mostly as an independent consultant and most recently in computer security. He is the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. graduate in Information Security from the CERIAS center at Purdue University. At Purdue, his studies included international terrorism, biometrics, cryptography and computer forensics. He currently works in information security in the intelligence community. His book was published two weeks ago by LBF Scholarly Publishing. Details.
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