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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Tap Tap

Rasmussen Reports
"December 28, 2005--Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States."
Has anybody noticed how this debate is being framed, how it is being spun?
The terrorists involved all live outside the USA. They are talking on telephones to contacts within the United States.
One makes the assumption that the NSA has already identified who the terrorists are.
There is no implication here that ordinary US citizens are having their phone calls tapped, their emails read, or their instant messaging chats monitored.
Conservatives, including the White House, are spinning the debate to make us think that's all that's involved in this spying scandal, that it is entirely about security against terrorists and has nothing to do with ordinary civil liberties.
The thing is, if that were true, then why wouldn't the Bush people want to get court approval? Why not avoid the appearance of illegality? Why be deceiving us about this whole thing? Are they just establishing extended presidential powers? What are the chances of that?
Why would anyone bother to take a poll to determine how Americans feel about a fable? Why not poll us to see how we would feel if it was actually us the government was spying on without court oversight? Wouldn't that have more meaning?

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