I haven't commented on the uproar surrounding revelations that the NYPD was using 21st Century methods to prevent terror. I am referring to its using the Internet to look at Muslim related websites in order to see what's happening out there.
Politicians in NJ are tripping over each other to run to the microphone in order to condemn the NYPD for spying. Why NJ you may ask? How about it being a breeding ground the radical Muslims who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993?
The way I see it, most websites are open to the public and anyone, and I mean anyone, can view them or even sign up for those that require registration. There should be no expectation of privacy on posts to the Web.
You may say this is trite, but if you use the Internet, you should expect others to read what you post. And if it's hostile and threatening, you should expect that someone is going to look further.
In any event, here's an editorial from the New York Sun addressing the issue.
An Ovation for the NYPD
What do you think?
Stephen M. Flatow alisa flatow