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May 12, 2006
Big Brother

I'm sure most people have already heard about the new USA Today spying story, which details how the NSA has been monitoring the phone calls of tens of millions of Americans. All the big telecommunications companies -- with the notable exception of Qwest, which I'm now proud to have as my phone provider -- gladly handed over their records to the government's most secret agency.

According to a new poll, great numbers of Americans just don't care.

A majority of Americans initially support a controversial National Security Agency program to collect information on telephone calls made in the United States in an effort to identify and investigate potential terrorist threats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.

A slightly larger majority--66 percent--said they would not be bothered if NSA collected records of personal calls they had made, the poll found.

Underlying those views is the belief that the need to investigate terrorism outweighs privacy concerns.

Of course, completely ignored by these idiots is that THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH INVESTIGATING TERRORISM.

This is just too depressing for words. And on my birthday no less.

(There's a movement on for people to switch their phone service to Qwest. A good idea.)


Previous Comments

Happy Birthday to you! Looking forward to celebrating with you later in the month. I didn't want to call for fear...THEY may be listening....

Replace the term "God" with "Big Brother", and you understand why most people don't care. It's everywhere.

In "Big Brother" We Trust.

It's taken awhile to make everyone believe the US's Big Brother is real, and accessed by the President, but it's coming along. I'm thinking what Orwell tapped into was just a common human nature, eager willing to forgoe personal search for truth for everything passed down from authority. Dictatorships happen, because in their fidelity to lazy easy customs, people welcome them.

I am too