So, the government is snooping on your phone calls and on your internet. I don't think that's right, but I don't think it's a big surprise. In fact, the government isn't denying the snooping one bit...they just want to get to the leaker, Edward Snowden, and prosecute him. The administration calls him a leak....Snowden calls himself a whistleblower. He could face years in prison depending on how a jury defines him.
My wife and I were watching a short program on J. Edgar Hoover the other day, and it chronicled that he collected soooooo much information about political allies and enemies over the 40-+ years he was with the FBI. Everybody knew he was doing it and everyine knew the FBI was snooping on everybody then, using the most sophisticated tehnology available at the time. Why would you be surprised that as technology has advanced, the methods of snooping haven't advanced as well....and that it's still going on?
What makes me giggle more than anything is how people are reacting politically. Back in the early 2000s, after the laws were passed to allow this type of snooping in the name of safety, Liberals and Libertarians were decrying this as an infringement of our rights. Conservatives said it was okay, because we've stopped a handful of tearrorist plots against the United States because of the info gathered by these methods. Now, since there's a Democrat in the White House, Republicans have joined the other 2 sides to speak out against such an abuse of power...even though nothing's changes since the Bush administration put these wheels in motion after 9/11. You can't have it both ways. For their part, many Republicans in Washington, including our own Lindsey Graham, have come out saying he doesn't care if the government gets his phone records, and if you have nothing to hide, you should have nothing to worry about. I have nothing to hide, but I just don't like the idea of anybody reading over my shoulder. Makes me feel crowded....
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