10 October 2008

Paying the government to spy on us (A blog post title that may sound familiar)

"Today's report is an indictment not only of the Bush administration, but of all of those political leaders, Democratic and Republican, who have been saying that the executive branch can be trusted with surveillance powers that are essentially unchecked," charged Jameel Jaffer, director of the national security program at the American Civil Liberties Union.

"When they say trust us, we're not listening in on Americans – this shows that they are," said Jennifer Granick of the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Her group is suing the federal government to stop warrantless eavesdropping programs and hold government officials accountable. "This should be of concern to everybody."

Our tax dollars are paying for people to listen in on innocent Americans' talk with their spouses. Unbelievable. I still strongly believe that there needs to be impeachment proceedings. We really need to reflect deeply on all that has gone wrong during the last decade.

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