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Why is the New York Times so indignant about the NSA eavesdropping on American citizens and maintaining a data base on orders of Obama? We are engaged in a terrorist jihad directed against our citizens by vicious individuals who do, in fact, need to be monitored closely, less our parades, sporting events, shopping malls become incendiary places of blood and misery so that the killers living among us may make a statement. Where was the NY Times when FDR ordered Japanese American citizens interned, German Americans spyed upon, and communications monitored with available resources? By itself, government monitoring of communication and social media for the purpose of ant-terrorist defense should be no problem for any of us, since we must not allow the terrorists who live here to have an advantage in planning their acts of violence. Sabotage and mass murder are the tools of motivated terrorists and I am sure no person discussing this issue would like to have a loved one become a victim in some future incident. The vast majority of law abiding citizens will have normal communications, nothing surprising, but the terrorist or potential terrorist will have something to fear; exposure and detection. Where this issue gets tricky is because this administration is untrustworthy, targeting political opponents, conservatives, labeling right wing groups as political enemies, and the potential use of this data base is deleterious to personal freedom. Those who oppose the policies of this administration can rightfully feel that private communications may be utilized to prosecute citizens merely exercising their free speech rights. Remember the IRS was caught using their immense power to target and audit conservative groups. Power corrupts. Obama himself made the troubling statement paraphrased but emphasing the strategy of rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies. Within some agencies, Obama's supporters may be so partisan that they feel inclined to use their power against those legitimately opposed to the Obama administration's goals. The erosion of trust in this administration requires the light of day. Whether Republican or Democrat, the people are entitled to a government that is trustworthy. In this regard, the Obama administration falls short.
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