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Privacy in a paranoid world

  • Jun 16, 2013 · 5:00 PM

Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." But is that realistic in today's world of stateless terrorism, electronic communications and paranoid governments?

The last few weeks have exposed a number of secret programs that deign to protect the people by trolling the vast data exchanged every moment of the day. But what price have we paid? The common refrain is that if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear. Yet, history is replete with examples of government officials misusing access and information for nefarious purposes, or gathering it unlawfully - from J. Edgar Hoover to Richard Nixon to George W. Bush. And while the Obama administration hasn't broken any laws (as far as I know), there is the question of propriety. Is secret access to our private communications by the government a modern example of Franklin's conflict between liberty and protection?

We'll be back at the IHOP near LAX with our favorite hostess, Nicole, and a terrific private room in the rear. Come demonstrate your Deep Thinking bona fides in a heated discussion that is as timely as ever.

Here are two programs that might be helpful in collecting your thoughts beforehand:

The Diane Rehm Show - "What's Private In The Modern Age?"

Charlie Rose


I hope to see you there - and happy Father's Day!


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  • cherie

    Interesting topic. Diverse group of people. Would suggest moving the tables together -- conference style so we can easily see the people speaking.

    June 23, 2013

  • Larry S.

    More than paranoid

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although I've been looking forward to today's get together, I won't make it after all. Maybe I'll get to meet you next time. Cheers!

    June 16, 2013

  • Shane B.

    Dang! Just found you guys! But I'll be at the next one. I can also host in Hollywood near Melerose n Vince

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time, therefore I will do a lot of listening.

    June 15, 2013

  • Alan

    Please add ! guest!

    June 15, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Looking forward to it, Todd; this will be my first time at this particular venue.

    June 15, 2013

  • cherie

    I've had a research company for 20 years and prior to that, worked for the Los Angels Times. Now, I'm just completing a book with my husband. My husband, Berrien, was an attorney, started banks, and did commercial/residential real estate development. We're both excited to meet everyone and enjoy a sparkling conversation. - P.S. This is a picture of our Yorkshire "Terror," Mocha.

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Don M.

    I live near San Francisco, and don't get to the LA area very often.

    June 15, 2013

  • Alan

    I won't say anything because I'm worried about my privacy.....

    June 14, 2013

  • cherie

    Looking forward to my first meeting with all you deep thinkers. Cherie

    June 14, 2013

  • Josie

    Too bad I have my Future Salon that day

    June 13, 2013

  • Alex

    Not this date (((

    June 12, 2013

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