I get mail

Form Letter from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Form Letter from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Yesterday, I was the unexpected recipient of a form letter from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Like many others, I have sent Senator Graham missives via the internet regarding CISPA and CFAA. This would explain the first two sentences of the letter, the second of which conveys no actual information about Graham’s cyber security position.

Thank you for contacting me regarding cyber security. I believe that establishing a robust cyber security network that protect s our nation while adequately maintaining privacy is critically important to the United States.

In this time of tight budgets, you really did not need to waste the ink, letterhead, or postage on such inane correspondence.

I too want a robust internet with adequate privacy protections. I suspect that we disagree on the meaning of “adequate”:

While I cannot guarantee we will see eye-to-eye on every issue…

Considering that you think it is appropriate and admirable to deny US citizens due process, it is quite likely that you and I are not going to see “eye-to-eye” on many issues.

If you are online…

I suppose it is conceivable that my message – created, sent, and delivered via the internet – represented a lone foray into the digital wilderness. Fortunately, this sentence, conveys some actual meaning. Unfortunately, the meaning it conveys is that we spent zero time actually considering the individual content of your message.

Benjamin Franklin wrote:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

If you agree with Franklin and myself, you can let your Congressional representatives know your opinions on cyber security, privacy, and freedom via the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Author: Josh Witten


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