Sunday, December 18, 2005

Spying on Us

I was watching the local news in Orlando, and they presented a story on the NSA domestic spying scandal. Part of that was to interview local people to get their views, but the question they asked betrayed a distressing lack of understanding of the issue.

Those interviewed in the story each gave their opinion about whether it was ever okay to spy on American citizens, and it went both ways. One man said civil liberties concerns were "ridiculous," because he and his neighbors were not terrorists and therefore had nothing to hide. A woman answered that Bush was doing a "swell" job and people should just get off his back. Both of these people are clearly idiots, but that's another story.

Here's the real problem with the NSA scandal: There is a secret court which grants warrants for spying on Americans. If Bush or anyone else in the government really has a legitimate reason for spying on anyone, that court would certainly grant a proper warrant for that (if it's a legitimate reason, why wouldn't they?). The fact that Bush is purposely bypassing that court, and going ahead with spying anyway, can only mean that there is not a legitimate reason to be gathering that intelligence.

I don't know about you, but I don't think the government should be invading someone's rights and privacy without a reason that would satisfy a court. And that, my friends, is why it's illegal and very, very scary.


At 9:53 AM , Grey said...

As history has shown us, many have risen to power not to reprsent the people but rule with na absolute power. The rules do not apply to then attitude because they make the rules. This has been displayed by Bush many times. What are us little people to do? From books that I have read. This was the same feeling the little people had at the time on the rise of Hittler. If they spoke up they were called trators. They were watched at every turn by there neighbor. Encouraged by our own Patriot act. Dont even think of rising up! Your neighbor will turn in. You will dissaper and your family will not even know what happened to you. Again held in the patriot act. Come to think of it this sounds like old Communist Russia. In fact This administration has given us an "Information Czar". Remember better dead than red? I think the our red party has turned RED! Maybe I'll see you in the next cell over for exercising my Constitutional rights.


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