Regarding the controversy about the NSA data mining phone records, there are those in government and their apologists who tell us, no big deal, the government is only interested in calculating patterns, it won’t monitor the contents of the calls.
And 15-year-old boys read Playboy for the articles. Promise.
We’re asked to have trust in the government, but based on what? Recently, the president, his secretary of state, his attorney general, his ambassador to the United Nations and several high-ranking officers of the IRS, a division of the Department of Treasury, have all been caught lying to the American public.
When the government can do something, it will. It is the MO of many law enforcement agencies to get the goods and then go about finding a way to get the same goods legally. Don’t doubt it for a minute, but the “dragnet” aspect of this current flap is what makes it so much less acceptable. If everything was on the up and up, why was it a top-secret program to begin with? Why the rush to assassinate the character of the guy who exposed it?
It doesn’t matter one whit whether someone has “something to hide.” Furthermore, I see a strange lack of interest from many of those who called for John Ashcroft’s head on a stick regarding Patriot Act intrusions during Bush 43. The NSA dragnet is not covered by that bad law, by the way.