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Mother’s Day is now over, but you can always show your love

D. Gary Davis
Posted 5/16/17

Over the weekend, many of us were blessed with the ability to express our love, admiration, thankfulness and hopefully appreciation to those who brought us into this world, our mothers.

I am one …

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Mother’s Day is now over, but you can always show your love

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Over the weekend, many of us were blessed with the ability to express our love, admiration, thankfulness and hopefully appreciation to those who brought us into this world, our mothers.

I am one who wishes that they could once again somehow speak with their mother, just to hear her voice once more. The memories of her love for me and our family are ones I treasure each and every day, and quite honestly they are some of my greatest memories, being a great comfort on certain days.

Some people were not blessed to have a mother like mine and some people had a mother who was not the best example for their children. I feel sorry for those who did not have the unconditional love and acceptance that many in our community had in their homes.

If you are able, I humbly ask that you take the time to speak with your mother and express your appreciation for the sacrifices she made in order for you to succeed, when you otherwise may have failed. If you missed your opportunity last weekend, there is always today to make a renewed effort to be a better daughter or son, and show the respect that these treasures, our moms, deserve as both parents and role models.

Last week was also a big week for the FBI in the news cycle across the nation. But two stories from FCW (Federal Computer Week, which covers the business of federal technology) reveals that there are other recent stories that may be even more interesting.

Recently, the FBI has expanded its access to photo databases and facial recognition technology to support its many investigations. Lawmakers are increasingly concerned as to the FBI’s ability to protect those images of literally millions of American citizens and then to also follow the increasing regulations relating to the fundamentals of transparency.

Through databases, repositories and accompanied agencies, more than 411 million photos of Americans, many of whom have never even been accused of a crime, are available for review and request at a moment’s notice. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) noted that, “You’re required by law to put out a privacy statement and you didn’t, and now we’re supposed to trust you with [photographs of] millions of people’s faces.”

During former Director James Comey’s tenure at the FBI, he often warned that modern encryption technology was often allowing criminals and terrorist to “go dark,” and he argued for tech companies to provide secure backdoors and other keys for law enforcement to access devices and communications.

At a speech at Boston College in March, he stated that the FBI had recently received some 2,000 devices related to criminal cases, and that it was unable to access the data on 1,200 of them. It does not take a rocket scientist to determine and understand that criminals adapt, and they also learn from past mistakes.

With the understood need for security for health care and financial information circulating across the so-called “information superhighway,” these cybercriminals have taken advantage of the same encryption technology to keep their communications between themselves private as well. What was once a very expensive undertaking has now become as simple as downloading an “app” on a smartphone for a few dollars that has the potential to bypass the premier law enforcement agencies in the world. That is, at least for now.

This week, as we live our lives in Bradley County, may we each try our best to represent our mother’s parenting skills in the best possible light to those we meet.

May we be mindful that there are those who seek to take our identities, our communications and our data, for various unsavory ideas and enterprises.

But even with that fact, there are those who choose to do the right thing, and aspire to be the best they can possibly be. This concept and attitude is thankfully found among the majority locally, and is what helps us to continually enjoy keeping Bradley County ... Tennessee at its best!

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