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Saturday, September 01, 2007

 

VT and The Cost of Privacy

Roanoke Times, 9/1/07, Pg Va 1: The governor said there needs to be a balance between privacy rights and public safety and that authorities "didn't connect the dots"!
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Hello – isn’t this the entire discussion about the Patriot Act!
Does this mean that the demise of 32 VT students have awaken folks who have refused to reach this same conclusion after loosing 3,000 of our people on 9/11?
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Gov Kaine’s focus on the lack of records from Cho’s high-school being forwarded to VT is incredibly insincere. According to the report Cho’s high-school issues were trivial compared to the reports from VT students and VT faculty that was totally ignored over a long period of time.
Interestingly, in public schools, behavior issues are not even passed between teachers of a problem student within the same grade no less when moving to the next grade. Guidance counselors do not coordinate or communicate with teachers relative to students who have demonstrated hostile and aggressive and violent behavior. As a teacher, you’re just supposed to step on that land-mine without a map or a warning.
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The Commission white-wash of Administration behavior during that morning is very disturbing.
Fact: early in morning two students found shot to death in a dorm room
Fact: no weapon was found, therefore any reasonable and prudent person would consider this a double homicide
Fact: the Administration basically did nothing
Fact: reasonable and prudent administrators would have called up all available police on and off campus to present an immediate presence at every possible location
Fact: there was considerable delay from the double killings to the start of the massacre
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Of course the basic fact is that police do not exist to protect YOU! They exist to protect THE PUBLIC!
No police officer or police-force has ever been successfully held accountable for not protecting a person, as is so well demonstrated by the number of battered women who are killed while under a court protective order, and many who were witnesses in a legal case.
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The privacy laws now in effect are very disturbing. Many of them were put in place to hide the identity of HIV+AIDS victims in the 1980’s
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/02/hivaids.html
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a major impact of these laws is that if you are in an accident or ill and in a hospital, your spouse and or children will not be able to find out any information about your condition or situation! This is especially concerning if you are a long distance from home and or both spouses are hospitalized!
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Just more unintended consequences of our increasingly law-bound society.
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/06/some-reflections-on-vt-disaster.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/03/roanoke-students-lag.html
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