Celebrity nude photos hacked and released!!
And NOW we have your attention.
All of a sudden, the mainstream media, and the public at large, have engaged in the privacy debate.
Somebody apparently hacked into the iCloud and obtained nude photos of several celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, and then released them to the public. This stirred up equal parts lust and outrage across America.
On Monday the FBI announced it was looking into the matter, saying it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.”
Oh, the delicious irony. One of the most prolific violators of privacy on the planet is “addressing the matter.”
Lawbreakers enforcing the law.
Of course, the NSA and FBI call this kind of thing business as usual. Granted, the feds don’t usually make the information they illegally collect public. They just share unconstitutionally gathered information with state and local law enforcement agencies to further everyday criminal investigations (i.e. not terrorism).
Oh, and they’re apparently not above a little nudie photo gazing either.
I don’t mean to diminish the humiliation these celebrities endured. But this event pales in comparison to the violation of privacy your government engages in day after day, as a matter of routine.
Some blame Jennifer Lawrence and the other women targeted by the hacker. They say, “They shouldn’t have nude photos of themselves.” It reminds me a little of the, “I don’t have anything to hide, so I don’t care about unconstitutional surveillance,” mantra I often hear. But these shallow arguments miss the bigger point: we all expect certain things to remain private.
And I think virtually every American realizes that doesn’t count as an unreasonable expectation.
In fact, at some level, we all hold this assumption.
We have the right to keep certain things private, along with the right to decide just what those things include. You may argue it was stupid for the victims of the hack to take the photos, but you certainly can’t argue that their mere existence justifies some perv stealing them and displaying them for the entire world to see.
That was wrong – and we all know it.
For just a moment, pause and think about something you have or have done that you don’t want anybody else to know about.
Now imagine that thing on public display. How would you feel?
When somebody invades our privacy without our permission, that person takes something from us – no less than somebody rummaging through our underwear drawer or stealing personal letters out of the top of our closet. We have a fundamental right to keep things private, and nobody has the right to violate that personal space.
Not even the government.
But it does it anyway.
Perhaps the FBI should spend a little time “addressing the matter.”