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I will not waste vast amounts of space repeating what most people have read at great length. I am phrasing my question to refer to the NSA, though doubtless there is an alphabet soup of government agencies here and abroad in involved in the same matters.  I deliberately do not refer to Snowden and his predecessors and hopefully successors (I have an opinion here) in the title; Snowden, et al., are not the issue here.

The issue is the massive and systematic recording of some sort of information from really large numbers of people almost all of whom are not suspected of being criminals.  This recording could be done as now, or not, and for each choice there would be consequences.

The question is whether or not you find the current situation to the extent you know about it to be acceptable or unacceptable, and by a little or a lot.  "somewhat acceptable" or "somewhat unacceptable" implies that you do or do not approve of the situation, but are not motivated to do something about it.  "quite acceptable" or "quite unacceptable" means that you do or do not approve, and are motivated enough to take concrete actions to maintain the status quo (or get more of the same), or to take concrete actions to change the situation in the privacy direction.

Discussing your answer may give people an understanding of your thoughts, and ideas for ways to repeat the poll with a more clever set of choices. If there is enough interest, perhaps PPP will poll something professionally


As explained above, I find the current situation on privacy to be

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Restore the Fourth! Save America!

    by phillies on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:42:56 PM PDT

  •  Your Poll needs another option. (6+ / 0-)

    - Where in your wildest dreams would I EVER consider this a good idea?  

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:51:05 PM PDT

  •  Unacceptable. (7+ / 0-)

    Either we are free of unreasonable serach and seizure, or we aren't.

    Recording anything I do is unreasonable partly because there is NO PROBABLE cause other than being here.

    It is also unreasonable because there is no warrant specifying what is sought or to be seized.

    There cannot be a blanket warrant which is, indeed what the FISA court is issuing.

    Really, it's an outrageous, preposterous and unacceptable situation.

    Some "like it" because they have this RIDICULOUS idea that all this unconstitutional shit "keeps me safe. I can live my life free of concern about TERRA!" which is false.

    Some are just going to buy into it.

    But the fact is its wrong up one side and down the other.

    It's no different than a roadblock that is set up to search each car coming down the road: some jackoffs think this is a good thing, but it's unconstitutional, wrong and tantamount to harassment..

    We have the friggin bill of rights for a reason.

    Retaining our rights does NOT let "the terrorists win".

    That said, nobody can stop this shit: somebody is getting rich and fat off PRISM software and related shit. This is a for profit country so this shit will be sold to us - whether we like it or not - and it may or may not work as stated.

    It's outrageous.

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