I'm not a conspiracy theorist sort of person. I don't think everything the government does smacks of "Big Brotherism." But I am concerned about what happens to all of that "private information" we give up on a regular basis on a host of forms for different reasons.
It seems as if all too frequently that there is a story about some company having to send letters to customers because there was a breech in the company's security and personal information, like credit card information or social security numbers could have been stolen.
I get pretty teed off when I read that stuff. But then a story comes along like the one about contract employees at the State Department illegally reviewing the passports of all three presidential candidates and I get even more spooked.
In case you missed it, at least four State Department workers pried into the supposedly secure passport files of presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain. Condoleezza Rice has promised a full investigation and telephoned the candidates to apologize personally.
Is nothing safe any more? Can any $7 an hour employee have access to our most private information?