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    but I do think that if you were to become important enough to get on the radar, say by organizing, then a future US administration certainly would want to read your emails.  And they'll blow kisses at the portrait of former President Obama when they do.

    YEs, some secrecy is needed for sure, but the wide scale, largely unchecked spying on Americans is not.  

    Why is is that saving thousands of lives by means of clean air environmental regulations is "too expensive" for Obama, but saving at most a dozen lives a year from terrorism (probably far far fewer in fact)  means sparing no expense and running the risk of dismantling our democracy?  That is so illogical I can't even begin to unpack it all.

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

    by Mindful Nature on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 01:42:17 PM PDT

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    •  It reminds me of a recent thought I had ... (7+ / 0-)

      ... in relation to this whole "keeping us safe" argument:

      Why is is that saving thousands of lives by means of clean air environmental regulations is "too expensive" for Obama, but saving at most a dozen lives a year from terrorism (probably far far fewer in fact)  means sparing no expense and running the risk of dismantling our democracy?
      In the context of something like 45,000 Americans dying unnecessarily every year because of inadequate health coverage (i.e. the equivalent of more than one 9/11 every month, over years) ...

      Where are the billions beings spent to save those Americans' lives?  Where's the urgency and concern for them?

      Who should I really be fearing in this country?  It's not terrorists who are spying on all my phone calls and internet use.  

      It's not terrorists who are killing 45,000 Americans every year by sitting on their butts and not doing what it takes to stop those unnecessary deaths.

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