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May 13, 2006

There were two news stories about the NSA this week but you would hardly know that if you get your news from the major media outlets. The second story did receive some time from the independent sources but appears to not be resonating with many people. This is leaving me somewhat confused and disappointed. Perhaps I'm reading more into the story than is there

The story about phone records being turned over to the NSA is not new. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed their suit against ATT several months ago concerning this very issue. The only news is that ATT is not the only company involved. The disclosure that the only information provided to the NSA was the numbers being called and no personal information seems to have given sufficient comfort to people that are rightly concerned about fighting terrorism. Of course, this administration has never lied to it's constituents...

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This is why the 'other' story should have been the headliner. The Justice Department conceded that it was unable to complete a requested investigation of itself and the activities of the NSA because the NSA refused to grant sufficient security clearances to the Justice Department lawyers conducting the investigation. Why are people not bothered by this?

Under the leadership of Mr. Gonzalez, one of the architects of President's Bush spying and torture campaigns, the idea that the Justice Department is investigating itself is somewhat laughable to begin with. However, assuming that there still are some free-thinking, righteous people remaining in the Justice Department, they can not possibly do their job if not provided the proper tools. Only the NSA could have done this. The NSA operates in the shadows, apparently answering to nobody except this administration as they have chosen to go around any laws that do not fit into their mission...and we sit.

If you're still not bothered by this, consider the undisputed fact that the information being collected is not only being used to fight the terrorism you might associate with 9-11. Terrorism has a broad definition and the tools being used by this administration are also being used to intimidate an unknown number of people, U.S. citizens who simply have different political views than this administration, especially where environmental conservation clashes with corporate greed.

The citizens of the U.S. are missing the point and by turning a blind eye, we are getting exactly what we deserve.


...I couldn't help but add this link that I received as a result of this entry  


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Posted: Saturday May 13, 2006, 6:28 am
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Maryalice M. (20)
Saturday May 13, 2006, 6:47 am
Years ago I wondered how a mass of citizens allowed Nazi Germany to happen. Studied it from my knowledge of average people that I met and talked to. Never thought I'd see it happen here. It seems most people are too busy going about "business as usual" to notice. "I don't mind giving up some personal freedom,if it means I'll be safe from Terrorists boarding the planes", was the attitude. I was reading a Senator's reasoning why she felt the Patriot Act and Homeland Security was a good thing. Is she that dumb? Still getting emails praising the war on Iraq and in favor of Pres Bush.

We'll get the government we don't deserve, because they are all for it. Color me sad.


Annette P. (88)
Saturday May 13, 2006, 7:51 am
Barry, I've been afraid of this for a long time. We could eventually be arrested for exercising what we thought was our freedom of speech, our freedom to impeach, & our freedom to protest.

Ariel SunDolphin (276)
Thursday May 25, 2006, 5:01 am
One of the things people can do is that if you know innocent person's privacy is being hacked to pieces, try warning them while it is still illegal even. There are people that have had their lives ruined by extreme & illegal violations of privacy and nobody ever even bothered to tell them the truth instead of joining in harrrassing the person, even in situations where a dangerous violent offender is stalking his victim by hacking, bugging ect..
Extreme violations of privacy have just gotten way out of hand...

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