Sans surveilance, how else can the government protect its citizens?

My favorite online newspaper has referred to our president as “George W. Obama” (see picture – doesn’t he look good) because the administration continues to implement a Bush policy of enforcing data collection.

The Huffington Post reports that “. . . a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.”

 

NSA has been doing all this stuff all along, and it’s been all these companies, not just one” William Binney told news program Democracy Now on Thursday. “They’re just continuing the collection of this data on all U.S. citizens.” Binney worked at the NSA for almost 40 years. He left the agency after the attacks of 9/11 because he “objected to the expansion of the agency’s surveillance of U.S. citizens,” adds the Huff Post story.

Now, how else would the government perform its job of protecting American citizens? By obtaining voluntary information from the very terrorists that plan to destroy our society? By establishing a reward program for information on terrorists and other criminal elements?

There is really no privacy in this world, after all. Nothing is secure. If not the government, some other elements that want the data will collect it, one way or another. So why not give that data to an agency that’s out there to help keep the peace?

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