School officials are also exhibiting zero tolerance for the age-old game of cops and robbers, a playground game I played as a child. In a new wrinkle on this old game, however, it's not the cop who gets the bad guy.
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater.
Without strong safeguards for privacy now, it will not be long before these technologies -- sold to us as being for our good and aimed at making our lives safer, easier and more efficient -- will come to dominate every aspect of our lives.
The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has thrown a spotlight on the FBI's sweeping power to sift through the most intimate details of our digital lives -- often with little or no judicial supervision.
We will find ourselves operating under a new paradigm marked by round-the-clock surveillance and with little hope of real privacy, short of living in a cave far removed from the reach of modern technology. Caves, by the way, are rather scarce.
Let's put this into perspective: If you are arrested for even a traffic violation, the Supreme Court has now given law enforcement officials the green light to strip you down and search even your body cavities, regardless of whether or not they believe you possess any dangerous or banned substance.
The recent Supreme Court decision in Florence v. County of Burlington, supported by the Obama administration, makes a large example of the way an expansionist foreign policy based on coercion and violence has returned on us and come to haunt Americans.