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Not only the N.S.A., but the fact that a PRIVATE(CRONY)CONTRACTOR has information about millions of U.S. citizens!
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yup, along with google, yahoo, bing and every other collector of information.
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Obama and his liberal fascists are infringing on our rights every day.
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I seriously would like to speak with one of the 30% who vote no......to hear their logic as to why they feel there are no rights being violated by Big Brother
You haven't had any privacy since the invention of the social security number.
There are scads of online databases with all sorts of information about you. Your name, address, telephone number, tax bills (Fulton County has these online), your salary if you're a public employee, even your boat's name if documented.
FISA was first signed into law in 1978 by Carter and has been amended and updated ever since. Don't think that this is anything new.
What may be more concerning is that it is not the government that collects much of this data, but private companies such as Verizon. The government merely requested it. What do these companies do with this data? Sell it. Data mine it. Market with it. That's more troubling to me than the NSA.
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Great Question ! There is no explicit right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution. HOWEVER!!! It does state "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated," And since their surveillance does not make me feel secure; I say YES, the rights of ALL Americans have been violated by the Bush/Obama Administrations. PROOF we have a Government that is far too big - the TEA party is right.
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@Adirondackal "Obama and his liberal fascists are infringing on our rights every day."
While I agree with this assessment we must also include Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter...... The problem is with each new president it gets worse.
@PleaseGetAClue - I suspect the 30% (now 27% thanks to me) - are clueless. ;)
In this very dicey world, I opt for "controlled safety measures". There must be electronic surveillance, but what are the parameters -- a very difficult assessment
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Pards13 is right. There is nothing different here than what Facebook does (and actually sometimes demands by MAKING you comply), Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. all do already.
You want a perfect example? Look at the ads on this webpage. Not the banner at top, but the ones off to the sides. Notice how they are geared to show things that you have typed here. The ad company 'sniffs' out the words and shows ads catering to them. Google AdSense does the same thing.
In fact, Google makes BILLIONS of dollars each year as an ad agency, not a search engine.
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wow swizzer, a sane ,but painfully obvious observation. BUT my guess would be that you are 1 of the (now)28%
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Adirondackal, this isn't fascism. In fact, I would love to say this is fasciam to someone who ACTUALLY has lived under a fascist regime and tell me the US is under the same regime.
Really? Facebook versus NSA? Call up the NSA and tell them you decided to opt out of there program. Hey! call up their customer service and ask to have your name removed. File a complaint with the better business bureau against the NSA. Rally!
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LENO: Do you know about that, you know something? Nobody knew about this. This was a top secret deal. Nobody had any idea. The only people who knew were Bill Belichick, Tim Tebow, and of course the NSA because they were, you know, listening in. So they were the only ones.
So the good news, Tim Tebow got a job with the Patriots. The bad news: now that he's associated with the wold "Patriot" he's being audited by the IRS.
swizzer, you are making it too obvious that you have overdosed on Barry's Koolade.
And now it comes out that there is a Hawaii in Kenya -- go figure
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drugsrus, I most certainly not in that '28%' actually. I think this is a gross overstepping of personal bounds.
"There is nothing different here than what Facebook does (and actually sometimes demands by MAKING you comply), Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. all do already."
Actually, there is a huge difference. I don't have to use any of those services.
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As long as this surveillance stops events like Aurora, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Bombing I'm all for it....... And there it is!
Even though the surveillance programs may stop some terrorist acts I'm not sure it's worth what we have given up. It is a very slippery slope we are on.
Scarecrow57, you're right- you don't have to use any of those services. But you probably do.
You also don't need to send text messages or make phone calls, but you do that, too, and si are subject to the same scrutiny by the NSA.
Pards13, I do not believe that they could catch much or stop much. If the criminals have any common sense at all they will blend in with the billions of calls/texts/emails that are sent daily. I believe that with all this information they have compiled that it is an awful lot of data to go through... like looking for "the" water drop in niagara falls!
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Have you gone to your primary care physician in the past couple of years? One of the things that they are doing now is taking your picture, they say for your file. It is part of Obamacare and it is mapping your face so you can be recognised anywhere any time that your face shows on a camera. Big brother is getting to know you... very well!
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Hospitals/doctor's offices have been doing that for years ToT. It's to verify that the person is the actual insurance holder.
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