NEWS OF: 6/27/2006

Well George, if your spy scheme is perfectly legal, why cover it up?

1. If your banking is completely above board, then why worry about financial spying?

2. If terrorists aren’t calling you then why get in a froth over NSA phone taps?

3. As long as the sex you’re having is heterosexual, legal and for procreation only then why get upset about the guy peeking in your windows?

4. Assuming you’re a patriot you won’t mind if we ask your friends and coworkers a few questions about your activities.

5. And as long as you have nothing to hide, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t submit to random searches and seizures.

The US president is accusing US newspapers of hampering the “war on terror” by publishing details of a secret scheme to track money transfers, calling the disclosure “disgraceful.” The New York Times revealed last week the US government had monitored global money transfers using a banking group. Before you get upset with the Times, keep in mind that they were doing was newspapers have done for years: they were telling the truth.

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NEWS OF: 5/11/2006

NSA: Can You Hear Me Now? Good!

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News that the nation’s largest phone companies (AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth) have been providing the NSA with call records of millions of Americans has sparked outrage:

“Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaida? These are tens of millions of Americans who are not suspected of anything. … Where does it stop?” - Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The NSA says it’s just trying to form a database to detect potential terrorist activity and the best way was to compromise the privacy of virtually every American. Said the phone companies, who obviously did not put up a fight, “we’re the phone company, we don’t have to care…”

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NEWS OF: 12/24/2005

CAIR Disturbed Over Electronic Sniffing in Washington

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The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim rights organisation in the United States, has described the revelation that Muslim gatherings and homes around Washington have been electronically “sniffed” for radiation as “disturbing.”

In a statement yesterday, CAIR said, “This disturbing revelation, coupled with recent reports of domestic surveillance without warrant, could lead to the perception that we are no longer a nation ruled by law, but instead one in which fear trumps constitutional rights. All Americans should be concerned about the apparent trend toward a two-tiered system of justice system, with full rights for most citizens, and another diminished set of rights for Muslims.” See Daily Times

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