The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed concern with the FBI's newly proposed Open Curtain policy. The ACLU said, in a press release, that the FBI's new policy may be unconstitutional and the ACLU may initiate proceedings in the US District Court to block it.
This follows on yesterday's FBI announcement that all residential buildings in the United States must soon desist from using window blinds, curtains, draperies, or other obfuscator devices that prevent the detection of pornography, terrorist or other illegal activities deemed a threat to the U.S.
Top U.S. law enforcement officials have told reporters that law abiding and patriotic citizens are duty bound to help support pornography and terrorism investigations, and that the Open Curtain policy will in no way be an invasion of privacy.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller first raised the issue last week with executives from several home decorating organizations, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart, who agreed to cooperative projects to develop new lines of transparent window fashions.
The subject has prompted alarm from some citizens and privacy advocates. At Friday's meeting at the Department of Justice in Washington, government representatives did not push any specific proposal and did not discuss specific surveillance techniques to be used for terrorism cases, focusing instead on pornography, one person familiar with the meeting said.
"It's different from criminal voyeurism," the person said. "If law abiding citizens have nothing to hide, then they have no reason for concern about privacy in their homes. We are only concerned with detecting and monitoring the activities of illegal perverts and terrorists. If the FBI cannot make direct observations through open curtains, then it will have to escalate to the much more costly satellite x-ray technologies now under development. We have faith that law abiding Americans will not use this as an opportunity to spy on their neighbors."
Assistant Attorney General Rachel Brand said Thursday that any proposal would not call for the release of recorded video to Fox Television and would keep the recordings in the government hands. The videos could be obtained from the government through a subpoena or other lawful process.
Citizen reaction has been mixed. AP poll data suggests that 68% of Americans agree that the Open Curtain policy is a reasonable step for the protection of all US citizens from terrorists and pornographers.
(satire, I hope)