Pentagon Creating Student Database
Washington Post - June 23, 2005.
The Defense Department began working yesterday with a private marketing firm to create a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches. The program is provoking a furor among privacy advocates. The new database will include personal information including birth dates, Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, grade-point averages, ethnicity and what subjects the students are studying.
The Chapell View
As the U.S. Government increasingly turns to the private sector as a means to circumvent the spirit of the Privacy Act, it's difficult to avoid feeling somewhat helpless. While I recognize that the cultural and political pendulum swings to the far right these days, I'd like to think that much of the progress made during the 1960's and early 70's isn't going vanish in the proverbial haze of post 9-11 America. But little by little, our nation is heading towards a type of surveillance society that was unimaginable even ten years ago.