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COMMUNITY PUNDITS
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MrBadExample 09:20 AM on 06/11/2013
So here's where we are: the government is telling us this is a vital and necessary program that is keeping the terrorists at bay, but they can't cite cases because of secrecy; and there are no abuses occurring where data is being used illegally, but they can't promise us that either because of, you know, secrecy. The metadata concern here is also that one doesn't need actual phone conversations to flesh out  Read More...
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04:14 PM on 06/11/2013
How many times have I heard that terrorists "hate us for our freedoms?" Seems to me what they really are accomplishing is manipulating us to relinquish them.
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04:13 PM on 06/11/2013
Let's see. The Obama Gang has given us, in this wonderful administration of "change", the following:

A criminally corrupt Justice Department illegally seizing phone and e-mail information from the news media for political reasons, running guns to Mexico, lying to Congress...,

A felonious IRS under the Treasury Department used to attack political enemies and control a presidential election,

A "Big Brother" NSA within the Defense Department violating everyone's privacy rights which are supposed to be protected under the 4th Amendment,

And a criminal and debauched State Department that is very likely responsible for the deaths of four American citizens in Benghazi, Libya.

Now if the support structure of the Executive Branch, being the President's Cabinet, is so morally, ethically and legally unsound and rotten, then how morally, ethically and legally unsound and rotten can the person be that appointed it?

How much more are we going to uncover as we lift the cover of this cesspool?
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dennishastings
Musician
04:21 PM on 06/11/2013
"...A "Big Brother" NSA within the Defense Department violating everyone's privacy rights which are supposed to be protected under the 4th Amendment..."

Which was created by a presidential order in 1952, by the way.
04:26 PM on 06/11/2013
You need to be able to distinguish between imaginary scandals and real ones.
08:41 AM on 06/13/2013
Sure..it's all just imaginary..You are a typical Obamanite..I pity you. All you have are childish insults?! That's all?!! You're a waste of time.
04:08 PM on 06/11/2013
Looks like they only scrapped the logo and changed the name of the proposed Total Information Awareness program.
04:07 PM on 06/11/2013
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

-Benjamin Franklin
Chauncey1186
"Don't confuse tyranny with losing"
04:03 PM on 06/11/2013
Good grief - was everyone here who is clutching their pearls, ten years old when the Patriot Act was first enacted?! ZOMG!!! They're spying on me!!!!! Yeah, well...what did you expect?? This is nothing new people, read some frickin' history for crying out loud! This didn't happen overnight, and it didn't happen in a vacuum. But I understand if you were too busy freaking out over the "scary brown people" to notice what has been going on. Golly, I miss the "good old days" when those of us who were protesting the overreaction to 9/11 were called "unamerican" and "traitors". How do you like us now?
04:23 PM on 06/11/2013
And we the people let it happen through apathy. Take a good look in the mirror. We're the face of the new America just making it from pay check to paycheck and wondering who will win American Idol.
Chauncey1186
"Don't confuse tyranny with losing"
04:25 PM on 06/11/2013
And as long as it was just "scary brwon people" who were being waterboarded and spied on, we were all A-okay with it.  As soon as we find out Aunt Mabel's phone records have been gathered - FREAK OUT!!!!! 
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zerotimes10
04:02 PM on 06/11/2013
Snowden leaked U.S. battle plans. Cyberspace is the battlefield
04:02 PM on 06/11/2013
Why does the US have a secret service, FBI, CIA, NSA or who knows? We citizens need to be protected that's why! It is ridiculous to think that ALL CITIZENS need to know everything these agencies are doing! We have enough bureaucracy now and people complain! When such vital information gets leaked, Navy Seals and others come up from the ocean onto a beach to be greeted by News cameras! Military Plans are posted on the nightly news for everyone to know what our country's strategies will be or what type of military equipment we're using. How can people say they want to be protected but DON'T want to give up anything for that protection? Your rights versus terrorist bombings of your home....which would you prefer? And, don't tell me how giving in to this program opens up more "Big Brother" doors! It may or may not. How about having some faith in our country, its leaders and our military. NOT ALL APPLES in the basket are bad!
04:24 PM on 06/11/2013
Believe it or not most of these agencies were born out of the Germans we brought back to the US after WWII in Operation Paperclip. Google it. The C.I.A. was constructed after the German SS.
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04:35 PM on 06/11/2013
We don't need to know everything the government is doing, but we need to be able to trust it is respecting our privacy and the Constitutional prohibition on warrantless searches.

If you are one of those doorknobs who thinks, "if you aren't doing anything wrong why worry?" ask yourself if you would be cool with the government just coming into your home when they feel like it, just to check up on you. They WOULD catch more criminals this way, so why not, right?
07:33 PM on 06/11/2013
Doorknob huh? That's the best you can do! If the government catches me talking to terrorist on a regular basis, they should come to my house. Don't you know how the program works?
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jbh2009
03:58 PM on 06/11/2013
http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/obama-schmoozes-reporters-at-secret-meeting

Huffpost couldnt help themselves. Arianna goes on the Sunday shows to blather about "protesting the off-the-record" meeting with the whitehouse to garner fake cred and shed the Obama Cheeleader image....but looks like the "fan boy" in them took over.
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Mad Hatter 1
03:57 PM on 06/11/2013
NSA Program...The biggest money scam since the "2008 Wall Street Meltdown."
enough240
Lady's Reply
04:12 PM on 06/11/2013
They OUTSOURCED our Nations National Security to the Washington Based Carlyle Group=WHO did it ?
seattlejames
Retired military and law enforcement
03:56 PM on 06/11/2013
There might be a few tweaks done but the collection will continue.
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Lady's Reply
04:13 PM on 06/11/2013
Will our security STILL be outsourced to a Private group?..................I do not appreciate that.
seattlejames
Retired military and law enforcement
04:38 PM on 06/11/2013
I'm not a fan of outsourcing our security, be it in intelligence gathering or military operations.  I feel these are functions of government and government employees should be used, and should not be given over to private enterprise.  In the long term it's probably more costly.  I find it galling that this latest leaker was being paid $200,000 by a contractor, to do something for which a government employee would be paid much less.
03:55 PM on 06/11/2013
Isn't it ironic that President Obama, having acquired the highest office in the land by agitating -- all his political life -- against privilege and discrimination, is now systematically wielding his executive power lawlessly to favor his friends and punish his enemies? Isn't it strange how he has carried on with the same policies as the Bush Admin. after spending his time in the Senate speaking out against it? Now that it is certain he and his inner circle have been using his massive bureaucratic apparatus to intimidate and silence his political enemies, we are expected to believe him when he tells us not to worry when they invade our privacy. Sure. I expect the lefties to buy every word he tells them without the slightest hint suspicion. But as for the rest of us.. our fears are coming to fruition.
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shadowdem
independent conservative male w/lotsa' typos
04:24 PM on 06/11/2013
Also, the timing of all of this is at the very least ironic-- it was only a few weeks ago during a commencement speach that the president said to reject the voices of those who say the gov't is becoming too big and that that leads to tarrany.
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MANravensUTD
"Greatness is a lot of small things done well, sta
03:54 PM on 06/11/2013
I look at these articles, I read the reports, and I'm forced to conclude that terrorism is just an excuse to take away peoples' freedom. How many confirmed attacks have we had in our country since 9/11? Enough is enough, the time to call people out is now. The NSA needs to be emasculated, restricted in it's capabilities, and the Patriot Act must be repealed. How do we get by playing the role of international good-guys when we are engaging in acts of surveillance on our own population that would make Lenin blush?
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jbh2009
03:59 PM on 06/11/2013
At least Bush could lean on paranoia right after 9-11 , what's Obama's excuse? Especially senator Obama's "Holier than thou" railing against Bush Cheney abuses.....he's a child
Chauncey1186
"Don't confuse tyranny with losing"
04:07 PM on 06/11/2013
Actually, terrorism is just an excuse for people like "Halliburton" Cheney to make tons of money.
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MANravensUTD
"Greatness is a lot of small things done well, sta
04:30 PM on 06/11/2013
That's what I just said. One man's lack of freedom, is another man's bank account.
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xml-jim
Rebelling against Doublethink and Newspeak
03:53 PM on 06/11/2013
we've always been at war with eastasia
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DixieMelody
IsoBlue in Red Idaho
03:52 PM on 06/11/2013
Court finds NSA surveillance unconstitutional.

Administration’s response: keep the ruling secret and carry on

It turns out that Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2011 found that the NSA’s surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act to be unconstitutional.

Why doesn’t anyone know this? Because the decision was kept secret:

http://57un.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/court-finds-nsa-surveillance-unconstitutional-administrations-response-keep-the-ruling-secret-and-carry-on/
seattlejames
Retired military and law enforcement
03:57 PM on 06/11/2013
How do you know this if it was kept secret.