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Mannix’s Law

People need to do the work to get it right.  Computers cannot make those kind of judgements.  –  Joe Mannix

Remember MANNIX?

If you’re 50 years old or more, you probably do.  It was a popular TV show, starting in 1967, about Joe Mannix, private investigator.  As I became a PI, myself, in 1974, it was one of my many media influences.

The first year of the show focused on Joe’s old-school, shoe leather approach versus his employer’s data-mining use of new technology – computers to do the work.  It seemed almost every week Joe had a shouting match with his boss over this very issue.  The subsequent years of the series he went out on his own , more Rockford-esque.  And was knocked unconscious something like 55 times during the show’s run.

Many of us are concerned about the data mining having been done and currently being done by the NSA, FBI and other alphabet-soup agencies of government.  The anti-Fourth Amendment rights abuses are legion in these matters.  And wrong.

Not just wrong because of the blatant abuse of privacy,  but wrong in the potential for inaccuracies.  Joe Mannix was right!

The NSA may be monitoring my email right now.  If I use the word GUN. or TERRORIST, or BOMB, or AIRPLANE it may generate additional attention, even from a live person instead of a computer.  The same may be said of my telephone conversation content.

There is no more PRIVACY.  When did the FBI/NSA et al become the Stasi?

And herein lies the problem.  Not just the intrusion, but the misuse or misinterpretation of the intel gathered by the machines.

Joe Mannix was right.  And the government doesn’t have enough shoe leather to verify the intent of all the data it is gathering.  Before the jack-booted thugs come a knockin’.


Hopefully, I will just be knocked unconscious.

Regardless, someone will be watching, listening and reading.

re-dons tin foil hat and skulks away…

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “Mannix’s Law

  1. I hope you don’t have a dog. I you do, when hey show up they will shoot it.

    Posted by robertsgunshop | June 13, 2013, 7:05 am
  2. I have often wondered when we crossed the line from being the “good guys” to becoming the “evil empire”. All I know is it seems to have happened and I am not sure we can ever go back.

    Posted by Charles Uptegraff | June 13, 2013, 7:37 am
  3. I guess it depends on whether said “good guys” try to stop it, quit in disgust, or remain silent to keep their inflated salaries.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 13, 2013, 9:01 am
  4. There is a third option Rev – whistleblower.
    The roaches HATE having the light turned on.
    Of course, it depends on the light being strong enough to deter them from their activities. Sadly, I’m not sure if that even applies anymore. Those in power (from all walks of life) don’t think rule of law applies to them, just their opponents.

    Posted by KM | June 13, 2013, 10:57 am
  5. Have you read Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink”? One of the points he makes is that gathering huge amounts of data may actually put us in more danger because people become too dependent on it and no longer use “gut instinct”. The mind often makes connections that a computer can’t make even with all data possible in it.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | June 13, 2013, 12:46 pm

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