I received the following email yesterday:

Read my reply after it....

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This seems a bit far fetched, but I guess it's true…

Subject: FW: PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING the ATTACHMENT

READ BEFORE WATCHING -

Most see airport security as a pain. Some feel violated. When you watch this clip, you'll understand why they want your cell phone through the x-ray machine. If you get asked to test your cell phone at the airport, this is the reason. Cell phone guns have arrived. They are real.

The attached video clip shows how cell phone guns operate. These phones are not in the U.S. yet, but they are in use overseas.

Beneath the digital phone face is a 22 caliber handgun capable of firing four rounds in rapid succession using the standard telephone keypad. European law enforcement officials are stunned by the discovery of these deadly decoys. They say phone guns are changing the rules of engagement in Europe. Only when you have one in your hand do you realize that they are heavier than a regular cell phone.

Be patient if security asks to look at your cell phone or turn it on to show that it works. They have a good reason!

Wake up to our NEW WORLD!! We shouldn't complain about airport security 'invading your privacy.'

Now, click on the attachment.

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Attached was a video of a cell phone looking device firing a couple bullets...

Read my reply below:

This is a bit excessive. Who ever is peddling this paranoid anti-privacy propaganda obviously watches a little to much fox news.
Sure guns like that may exist. However, guns built into lighters, matchboxes, and lipstick must exist as well...
Nothing to be scared of, nor a good reason to give up your privacy that is so quickly vanishing as it is.

Please take a look at the following links to know why the loss of privacy is more hurtful than helpful:
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/05/the_value_of_pr.html
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/01/security_vs_pri.html
http://thesop.org/index.php?article=15043

Some quotes from the articles:

they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It's not. Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.

Cardinal Richelieu understood the value of surveillance when he famously said, "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged."

Too many wrongly characterize the debate as "security versus privacy." The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny.

when people in their business are in charge of government, it becomes a police state. If privacy and security really were a zero-sum game, we would have seen mass immigration into the former East Germany and modern-day China.

Security and privacy are not opposite ends of a seesaw; you don't have to accept less of one to get more of the other.

You're expected to give up control of your privacy to others, who -- presumably -- get to decide how much of it you deserve. That's what loss of liberty looks like.

If you set up the false dichotomy, of course people will choose security over privacy -- especially if you scare them first. But it's still a false dichotomy. There is no security without privacy.

The famous quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin reads: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." It's also true that those who would give up privacy for security are likely to end up with neither.

-- You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

-- You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

--You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

-- You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack


Please, send this to everyone you know.

Propaganda that only helps to scare the public while stripping them of their privacy and liberty only serves to increase the profits of corporations involved in the security business while increasing the power of politicians and those with the rights to everyone else's private information to abuse it.

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Comment by Dave on February 16, 2009 at 9:28am
They could also get these cell phone guns into buses, onto boats, into buildings, etc., so we really should set up high tech screening at the entrance of every building or transit vehicle. This would create millions of jobs for Americans while potentially saving a couple of lives, and we can pay for it with money we borrow out of thin air! Problem solved once and for all. ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

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