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GOP Going Soft on Wiretapping Terrorists?


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: candidates, congress, democrats, crime, ethics, freedoms, government, obama, politics, republicans, terrorism )

Michelle
- 1395 days ago - motherjones.com
On Monday, the New York Times broke a story that lit up the Internets--especially those quarters inhabited by privacy advocates and social media mavens: the Obama administration, noting that criminals and terrorists are increasingly communicating online



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Linda G. (187)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:49 am
I just love that the RNC needs to point out to progressives "what President Obama is doing" as though they live in caves. I am still boycotting AT&T and Verizon for their part in the Bush warrentless wiretaps of Americans at home and of our military. Supposedly the Obama internet plan (which I need to take more time to think out) would be based on warrents. Sigh... we have no privacy anymore anyway.
 

Melissa O. (43)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 7:20 am
"When we pressed Heye on whether the Republican Party supports or opposes legislation that would allow federal investigators to intercept the online or BlackBerry-type communications of suspected terrorists, he refused to say: "It's not a question I was expecting today. Our job is not to make policy pronouncements. Our job is to point out where the president has fallen short on his promises. This is one example of this. Obama supporters do not like this."

huh. maybe they should try harder to work at understanding what it actually means to be a republican and fulfill that promise in their party.

as for big brother -- quit making enemies and you won't have to worry so much.
 

Hans Mueller (591)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 8:52 am
Then there was Howard Dean of the DNC. Better to listen to the legislators -

"Republican legislators are backing the administration on this. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the armed services and homeland security committees, told Mother Jones, "I'm open-minded about making sure terrorist activities are being followed," and that "if I can help" with this legislation, "I will." Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), who sits on the armed services and select intelligence committees, said of Obama's plan: "I think he's dead on target...We need to give the intelligence community all the tools they need."
 

Susan Lynch (126)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 12:48 pm
President Obama could come out tomorrow with statements that he wants less government and will cut taxes, stop funding education, medicare and social security, and the righties would rail against it. Whatever he's for, they're against.
 

Hans Mueller (591)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 1:00 pm
"stop funding education, medicare and social security" Who wouldn't rail against that?
 

Ellen W. (0)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 4:33 pm
It's sad that Obama does seem to be augmenting the erosion of civil liberties in the US, but the GOP are a bunch of hypocrites. As Susan L. pointed out it doesn't matter what Obama does, the GOP is against it.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 6:50 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Lynn Marie M. (22)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 7:52 pm
Thanks for the post.
 

Edward M. (8)
Friday October 1, 2010, 1:55 am
I always thought that a wiretap had to be authorised at a very high level, as something that would not be undertaken lightly, so why this sudden exposure about terrorists and criminals being able to operate freely?
If the first assumption is correct, then the fault lays with those whose job it is to track down these groups, because that is where the solutions must come from in the end.
 

Penelope P. (222)
Friday October 1, 2010, 10:05 am
Most of the big clouds like Facebook and Google have been penetrated anyway and all calls into USA are monitored -what is the fuss about?
 

Barbara V. (51)
Friday October 1, 2010, 10:21 am
You surely aren't surprised, are you? What would you expect from the GOP, which toadies to the powers behind the throne? They've got to start somewhere if they're going to gain power over the people.
 

Linda Thompson (16)
Friday October 1, 2010, 2:46 pm
It doesn't matter what they say- they ALL want wire tapping. DO NOT give up your Rights out of Fear! PLEASE!
 

Ray M. (0)
Friday October 1, 2010, 3:58 pm
Gee, didn't the republican war criminals do this? No screaming loudmouths then.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Friday October 1, 2010, 4:04 pm
The Bushies made their own rules and regulations. There has been no privacy for quite some time. I agree with the question, "What is all this fuss about?".
 

Ricardo C. (66)
Friday October 1, 2010, 9:38 pm
Freedom cannot always be complete. Total freedom brings anarchy, that is why there are laws to prevent it from happening. Wiretapping is a necessary evil to preserve our freedom, because without it there cannot be any control over those that want to destroy it. Wiretapping should be as limited as possible and with controls to avoid infringing anyones civil rights. The problem with wiretapping is how to get it to work to preserve our freedom and not to destroy it. That is the thin line with respect to wiretapping and it must be delt with to assure that no one is falsely accussed of any wrongdoing. They must find a way to make it work to the advantage of democracy.

 
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