It seems we have a serious paradox here in the United States. In the early and
mid-70's the Church Committee, led by Idaho's Senator Frank Church,
engaged in investigative hearings revealing abuse and domestic spying by the
CIA, the US Army and the FBI. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) were inspired by the work of
that committee and were intended as a "check and balance" on the
activities of the government and the reining in of government spying. Notable
citizens such as Bing Crosby and Paul Harvey criticized the committee's
work as being treasonous, claiming we shouldn't be limiting the goverments
ability to keep us safe. The death of a CIA station chief in Greece in 1975
added fuel to the fire of this argument that our intelligence gathering agencies
needed to have greater freedom to keep us safe. The aftermath of 9/11 left our
citizenry feeling vulerable and further restrictions on our freedom were
implemented with the Patriot Act. And so here we are today arguing about the
abuses of the agencies that are supposed to keep us safe and free. But what
balance of both will we accept?
You guys just don't get it!This was a BUSH program.Am I mad and upset Obama didn't shut it down - YES.But the
GOP in Congress for having a veto proof over-ride to keep it in place.[Yes
- that is Utah's Senators Bennett, Hatch, and Reps. Bishop and Chaffetz]I blame Obama for not dis-assembling virtually everything the BUSH
administration did during their 8 years of trampling the Constitution.I blame BUSH and every Republican since for the program in the 1st
China, Russia, and other countries are reading your emails. Why shouldn't
the US government?
"I am upset because a government program directs that my emails and phone
calls be collected and stored somewhere."What you don't get
is when you use an email system like gmail, yahoo, or any of the other systems
out there... you are putting your private stuff into very public domains. Any
real sense of "private" you have, you need to get and attitude
adjustment on. If you use gmail, google scans every email you send
for content, themes, and keeps state on what you write about. That data is then
shared with advertisers. Bottom line... if you are sending
something over a network, and unless you own or control that path that data is
sent, that data is traversing public networks... and is exposed. Very little
about your life is "private" if you use the net or have a cell phone.
When you entrust your words and pictures to any electronic media you have the
same privacy that you would have as standing in your front yard speaking into a
bullhorn. If your neighbor has the right knowledge he may be
reading your emails.Private businesses have been reading your emails
from the beginning of emails. They also track anything you do on the internet.
Your cell phone may be telling someone where you are and where you’ve
Obama supporters are still telling us that Bush is forcing Obama to spy on us.
They're implying that Bush is secretly in control of the White House.
They're implying that Obama so respected Bush that Obama will not change
anything that Bush talked about. That's high praise for Bush and low
praise for Obama. Is Obama unable to stop activities that are
unconstitutional, according to the 4th Amendment? Is Obama unable
to shut down NSA?Is Obama unable to stop all work on the NSA complex
in Bluffdale?Is Obama unable to faithfully execute the duties of his
office?Is Obama unable to defend the Constitution?Why
would anyone think that Bush is still in control? What kind of thinking would
lead to that conclusion? Is it possible that Obama is so derelict in performing
the duties of his office that he allows a former President to stay in office and
control the federal government? That would be the greatest indictment against
Obama that could ever be levied.
To the author, I think you confuse the government with the people that have been
invading your privacy for a generation. Private enterprise. Until you take the
money from politics, shake the tree to get rid of the obstructionists, most of
which have been complicit then we will stay on this course. I wish I could say
it was amusing that the same commenters in this forum that buried their head in
the sand since 2001 suddenly "saw the light" just because we changed
leadership but it is not amusing. Its a tragedy. If you want to be vigil then be
vigil but don't be so blasted inconsistent. That's called hypocrisy.
What the letter writer needs to do, is learn to make the case that private
conversations and other communications are just as important in an expectation
of privacy, as abortion activity, illegal aliens (especially those who vote or
collect food stamps), and privacy of gays, criminals, and terrorists. When he
accomplishes that, he will have the full support of obama, the obama media and
all the leftist nut cases that lend so much to the deterioration of this once
Really j? You do know we can all read the FULL post if all the commentors and no
one makes that claim?
"You guys just don't get it!This was a BUSH
Do you know anybody can read your e-mail? It's not called the
"information highway for nothing.
You don't get itYou know this was a BUSH program...that would
have ended long ago, except obama decided to renew it. Bush had 9/11...what did
obama have? NOTHING!!Can you say double standard? Typical!