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  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Obama’s road to hell and the destruction of the United States is paved with anything but good intentions. He is against the so-called “wealthy”, our capitalist system and all business, both large and small.

    By Michael Talley

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    If law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from the government, then the government has nothing to fear from law abiding citizens. The data mining threatens Americans if/when a President issues Presidential Directives outside the authority of his position, which can turn anybody into a criminal/terrorist with the stroke of a pen.

    By Michael E. Homer

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The data mining that is allowed by the Congressional mandates is what those of us in EW and SIGINT is “traffic analysis” which in the field in complemented by direction finding. While it would be peachy keen to read the enemy’s mail, that is often in undecoded territory

    NSA is not authorized to read the mail unless and until authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as amended in 2008 to do so through a FISA court.

    That which NSA is doing is collecting data this is readily available and in full view by those with the right pair of glasses. Your traffic through the net is already being mined for advertising and sales potential. That is where SPAM comes from. Opposing the current law as it pertains to Foreign Intelligence raises the question of what is being hidden that private marketers get that the government shouldn’t.

    By Gordon Fowkes

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The issue is not that the programs were illegal, but the scope of the surveillance and the lack of govt accountability. Additionally, some take issue with the fact that the order to the companies is tantamount to a “General Warrant” which is problematic. It was Colonial disgust with warrant less searches, which was a rub, among many other issues, for the Colonists.
    The issue at stake seems to a one size fits all concept, according to Snowden’s interview. Everything is collected, filtered and stored in a one size size fits all solution. Why would the federal govt need that level of detail on each and every citizen using Sprint, Verizon, ATT, et. el.? Some would say that this infers that all Americans are suspects or terrorists because of the General Warrant type approach to programs signed into law.

    By Terry Tucker

  5. This post discusses a number of points that the White House views as unimportant. The Obama administration campaigned upon the need for government to be less intrusive. The President has always held himself out as a champion of the individual’s rights regardless of the government’s good intentions in abridging them. All the recent scandals that have encircled the President seem to have been born out of a view that politics trumps the applicable law. How many terrorist attacks has the program prevented?

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Snowden violated the law, when he released classified information. However, I am not a fan of giving totally unfettered power to the government. Search and seizure is a constitutional area and up to now blanket hunting expeditions have for the most part been ruled out. This program needs to be discussed and some limitations need to be placed on the wide spread monitoring of the general public.

    By Peter Kassebaum

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Data mning is a statistical process when there are mountains of information often also called traffic analysis. The PRISM process is tepid compared to the abuses of due process and privacy than the post WW 1 and WW 2 (Fifties mostly) ethic, A neighbor could denounce you to the FBI whereupon your access to jobs in the publlic sector would disappear entirely.

    The FISA court system was authorized long before Bush 41,

    By Gordon Fowkes

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Agree ! EisenhowerWarning”OurAmerican heritage is threatened as much byour indifference as by most unscrupulous office or themost powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

    By Al LeBlanc

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Fowkes, are you an Obama lover? Your comment missed and obscures the point of this discussion. Obama is spying on ALL Americans in violation of the Bill of Rights and he (and his miscreant minions) are doing whatever they can to hurt Republicans and Conservatives (IRS Scandal) and reinforcing the election of future Democrats.

    By Michael Talley

  10. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    It’s amazing how our politicians and intelligence experts never mention ECHELON, which has been operating before 9/11. I am in favor of such surveillance to keep American’s out of harm’s way. I wrote an article about it and offer it free:


    By Robert Morton

  11. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    As a proud former US Army Security Agency signals intelligence commander, I have to wonder how so many people somehow have gotten through their 21st century existence without being aware that the federal government (selectively) has been reading their mail. The government communication surveillance function can be traced far into the distant past. The Austrians operated their “Schwarze Kamer” in the Vienna Post Office as early as the 11th century. For five hundred years, Rome routinely read any mail which was sent through its highly effective postal system. Surveillance of personal communication is a fact of life: a regrettable but vital governmental war-making function. What sticks in my craw, however, is that, like Martin and Mitchell, NSA ops who defected to the Soviet Union in 1961, and a host of other scoundrels, this Eric Snowden fellow will be encouraged in his treachery by our inability to put his head on a pike for public display. Sign this “Snooper Six-alfa.”

    By Robert Knowles

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