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  •  too much pananoia over NSA (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a liberal Democrat and frankly I think the NSA has legitimate reasons to check out suspicious activity. Since it requires a warrant from the FISA court to look into actual phone calls and e-mails I  see no problem. If the NSA is over reaching then there is a problem. If they do get a warrant and look into someone's data and the person is not arrested, or charged they certainly have not lost their civil rights. Even is someone is charged they will get a trial in a civilian court, and have access to an attorney, so once again no civil liberties are lost. If you are proved not guilty of any wrong doing you will go free.

    Frankly I doubt the FBI, NSA, and contractors have time to be looking through everyone's emails and phone calls. We certainly always need to be vigilant in a Democracy to protect our civil liberties, but I think this paranoia over government intrusions in our privacy has been over hyped up by those like Greenwald in hopes of benefiting from the hype to  get attention for their ongoing government conspiracy theories.

    I think NSA, military, and contractors need to monitor more closely those they hire for these jobs, and tighten up access to security files.

    •  Not pananoia, it's the history of the US where (0+ / 0-)

      this type of info gathering is abused:

      When you construct a massive surveillance apparatus, history tells us that it will be brought to bear not just on, quote, "the enemy" but on the people who threaten society's power structure. On whoever exists at the political margins, whether it's Martin Luther King Jr. or some Occupy Boston protesters. It's not some Orwellian abstraction. It's America's history --- and America's recent history ---and left unchecked I fear for America 's future.

      Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

      by greenbastard on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:25:18 PM PDT

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    •  Again, (1+ / 0-)
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      people who are liberals or progressives rarely have to assert as much. When Ihear a statement that starts with, "I'm really liberal..." I tune them out.

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