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Trusting Government Eavesdroppers

October 9, 2008

Bush administration promises have proved to be entirely hollow and untrustworthy.

infringing on liberty?

infringing on liberty?

President George Bush and American intelligence officials have spent plenty of time pledging innocence where privacy of Americans are concerned. Should it come as any surprise that hundreds, even thousands of U.S. citizens overseas have been surveilled as they called friends and family on home turf?

A terrorist surveillance program instituted by the Bush administration allows the intelligence community to monitor phone calls between the United States and overseas without a court order as long as one party to the call is a terror suspect.

Two linguists have blown the whistle on the government, confirming what many Americans have suspected and groused about for many years. The government’s take on the situation is that “all employees of the US government” should expect personal telephone conversations could be monitored as part of an effort to safeguard national security.

primitive surveillance methods

primitive surveillance methods

Apparently safeguarding national security involves monitoring telephone sex conversations and sharing the conversations with other surveillance employees like some type of fraternity game. They became spies in private conversations of the International Red Cross and Doctors without Borders. Instead of blocking out the phone numbers, they continued to monitor calls. The job of linguist spies is not to question, but to collect and pass on information.

Any domestic wiretapping effort can also become a devastating tool for terrorists if hacked or penetrated from inside for other intelligence. The private conversations of Americans are transcribed and kept on hand. Poorly-designed surveillance technology used by the FBI creates a real risk of an insider attack. Experts have surmised that huge pools of data collected by the government could easily be used against the country to assist in plotting an attack on the United States.

Last August, a federal judge ruled the program created by the Bush administration was unconstitutional. The administration has persisted in the same clandestine actions and is still seeking through Congressional action to protect communication companies that have assisted the government in the collection of private information.

The director of the NSA, Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander blustered: “We have been entrusted to protect and defend the nation with integrity, accountability and respect for the law. As Americans, we take this obligation seriously. Our employees work tirelessly for the good of the nation, and serve this country proudly.”

So what do you say? Can the current authorities in place be trusted on any level, much less for the good of the nation? If enough of you speak up with your legislators, you can still have the Bush administration on a plate for abusing the civil liberties of Americans. Then again, what can you expect from a presidential family with CIA connections? ~ E. Manning

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