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Monday, January 09, 2006

tappers paradise

Tap is associated with water. Public awareness campaigns on TV point out to the common man that leaking taps should be identified immediately and corrective action taken otherwise, a time may come in the distant future when you will have to run from pillar to post for your daily drops of the precious fluid on which life depends.

Tap dancing is another word that contains the dreaded word ‘tap’ – it is basically a type of dance. ‘……. Tap Dance, style of American theatrical dance, distinguished by percussive footwork, that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the floor. Some descriptive step names are brush, flap, shuffle, ball change, and cramp roll…..’

Telephone tapping is an altogether different kettle of fish. It is eavesdropping on the conversations of others using sophisticated means. The Wikipedia defines phone tapping as ‘….Telephone tapping or wire tapping/ wiretapping (in US) is the monitoring of telephone conversations by a third party, often by covert means. The telephone tap or wire tap received its name because, historically, the monitoring connection was applied to the wires of the telephone line of the person who was being monitored and drew off or tapped a small amount of the electrical signal carrying the conversation.

On 19th December 2005 – President of America George W. Bush defended the phone tapping policy. ‘…….US President George W Bush has again defended his decision to allow eavesdropping on Americans in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks. ….. Speaking at a press conference, Mr Bush also repeated that he would continue to authorise the secret monitoring. ….. He also urged Congress to renew the Patriot Act, the top US anti-terror law, saying it provided officials with the tools to protect Americans. ….. "We cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment," he said…….

Listening to privileged conversation of others is quite common in the daily TV soaps that we have got accustomed to – the vamp of the serial continuously pops up in the least expected of places and listens silently to corporate plans. Then she smiles that wicked smile of hers and retreats into the background to formulate her own plans. Reality is, at last, catching up with imagination.


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