Saturday, May 13, 2006


Go Figure.

According to the latest NEWSWEEK poll, 53 percent of Americans think the NSA’s surveillance program “goes too far in invading people’s privacy,” while 41 percent see it as a necessary tool to combat terrorism.

That's not exactly accurate, when you consider that there has been more than one poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll 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. But 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.

The polls are virtually opposite in their take on what people really believe. I would be interested to see the questions and their wording to really get a view into the way the polls were done. But how many mid-Ohioans do ya think read Newsweek as opposed to the Dispatch? I haven't heard people talking about this, gas prices or the war, but not this. My wife, a democrat, says "good" with a shrug of her shoulders. She's glad that the NSA is doing this to track down the bad guys. She doesn't see it as a privacy issue. I do see the potential for abuse, but come on here. Unless the NSA can grow themselves all a set of crystal balls, how else and with what tools could they hope to gather intell on local cells?

As to the right to remain anonymous, that's long gone. Wether from the government gathering taxes, companies garnering demographics for market share, or universities spreading knowledge, no one is completely removed from the collection of data. You can't uninvent the wheel. The only choices we have now are to the amount of access we wish to allow the government to individual persons and their data. A tough issue, that would occupy great thinkers for a very long time. Screaming about privacy or name calling isn't helpful here. The government has my fingerprints, my FBI file, so to worry about them tracking my long distance calls is kind of silly. They would be bored to tears and that is what most people would say. The Fourth Amendment is to protect against"unreasonable" searchs and seizures, not to prevent them in all cases for whatever reason. The nine supremes will speak on it soon enough, and then it'll be the law that we all have to live with.

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