Thursday, May 11, 2006

Only Cowards Will Trade Freedom for Temporary Safety

Report: US Security Agency Has Information of Americans' Phone Calls
By VOA News
11 May 2006

"A U.S newspaper says the U.S. government has been secretly collecting the phone call records of millions of Americans from data gleaned from three major phone companies.

"USA Today reports that the National Security Agency is using the information from AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth to analyze calling patterns to detect terrorist activity. The report says NSA does not listen to or record the phone conversations..."

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Three words...

Un-American.

Unconstitutional.

Unacceptable.


10 comments:

cooper said...

I thin this goes too far, soon we might at well move to Korea.

The ZenFo Pro said...

Considering reports that the NSA has been gathering the phone records on nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population (200K/298K), it's well beyond unacceptable.

This borders on the creation of a federal police state.

Voodoo Child said...

i hope the data they gleaned is all a bunch of fucking stupid pre-teen he-said-she-said calls. i've gotten beyond the point of frustration with this whole "terrorism is bad, i need to protect you, wear this wire." bullshit. i honestly can say that i cannot comprehend any of the actions the current administration takes anymore. to me it's either petty shit, or illegal restrictions. and there's no-one who can touch the administration, party lines weigh heavy and sadly that's the way the majority have voted...

Cowgirl said...

One of those provides telephone service to the farm...the horror! They could be listening to my phone conversations with my mom and dad! Sure looks like Cornland is a hot bed for activity...geesh!

Smurf said...

Well our country is becoming very communist or is it socialist. I am not sure which is it is but we are told we are free, but we aren't. Not really. There are too many restrictions on basic things. I mean in one way it would be good to know which calls SUSPECTED PEOPLE... but why would they do so many, my God with all the calls I made to Richard in Quebec from my house in CS and the amount of time I spent on the phone I wonder what they would think of that... so odd and scary for innocent people. Like I said though, we have stopped being a free country in my opinion. I have a lot of reasons why I feel that way, but if I posted them all here, this post would be much longer than it already is! ;) Have a great day J.

The ZenFo Pro said...

VC:
I think you hit on a very valid point - why the hell does the world's most sophisticated spy agency need to monitor the calls of nearly 200 milion Americans? A list of numbers doesn't mean anything without logs of connections, call duration, routing points and switch station information - not only is it a blatant violation of at least some basic constituitional rights, it's also stupid.

What next? Will the CDC announce that Bird Flu will be completely irradicated...by exterminating all animal life on the planet susceptible to infection...

Cowgirl:
Yup. They cover the vast majority of regional phone users.

Our tax dollars at work.

Smurf:
I'd say it's becoming neither, but does seem to resemble the old Soviet Union more and more every day...those lines waiting for cheap gas remind me a lot of stories from Moscow involving bread and clothes...

Voodoo Child said...

What next? Will the CDC announce that Bird Flu will be completely irradicated...by exterminating all animal life on the planet susceptible to infection...

No, something just as predicatable has already happened. El Presidente has already laid out plans for the pandemic flu, which they bill as more than likely the avian flu. I don't trust the man who doesn't trust me, especially not one with his track record for "planning".

The ZenFo Pro said...

Lol...I forgot about his killer flu plan...

You know, for a guy with a librarian for a wife, the guy has lousy organization skills, piss-poor information literacy skills, and can't evaluate content to save his life (our ours.)

Voodoo Child said...

She at least has accomplished something during his administration: "she [Laura Bush] joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., in September 2001"
I think that's the extent of the positive actions taken in the past 6 years...

Let said...

In light of this information I'm almost ashamed of having demanded at one point that Bush stop taking vacations. I think we are all safer when he is as far away from the WH as possible.