An ABC News report Thursday quoted two former military linguists saying that the country’s largest intelligence agency routinely recorded calls to homes and offices by hundreds of American military officers, journalist and aid workers who were posted in the Middle East between 2001 and 2007.
“Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.”
This is the USA Patriot Act of 2001 at its finest. Obviously listening to the private conversations of our military members is uniting and strengthening America. Listening to them have “phone sex” with their significant others back home is definitely an appropriate tool required to intercept and obstruct terrorism.
And you all thought the government would abuse this act. How silly.
I wonder how many of my conversations they tapped into while I was over there.
Normally, I would be disturbed by my privacy and civil rights to be violated like this. After all the Fourth Amendment says:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
But obviously, these words don’t apply since there are terrorist out there somewhere. I have nothing to do with any of them. I was actually serving my country in the fight on the war on error. But no mater, we need to eliminate all privacy of all citizens, this is an emergency after all.
I know that it was an emergency and we had to act fast. Most senators admitted that they never read the entire bill. Why would they? The President said the executive branch needed more power, the executive branch needed to limit personal liberty, there was no time to think about it, no time to read the laws you were about to pass, just say yes. It was an emergency after all. It was more important to do something, rather than doing the right thing.
But if they were going to listen in, I wish that they would provide more service. There were a couple of time I got in arguments with my girlfriend while overseas. Maybe someone could have chimed in and gave some advice. Maybe act as a mediator. That would have been very helpful. That at least could have helped to unify and strengthen two Americans.