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To: radar101

This is unmitigated garbage.

Speaking as a former member of the intelligence community, I can debunk at least some of this:

1. Eavesdropping on citizens is regulated by Intelligence Oversight and the Patriot Act. The circumstances under which a citizen can be surveilled are extremely limited, and even then tightly controlled.

Think for a moment - The folks at the NSA and FBI are people just like you and me. They're patriots for the most part, and while many people would do this sort of thing under the caveat "I was just following orders," a lot simply would not stand for it, and would break this wide open even under threat of arrest - and become the celebrated child of the mainstream media, complete with candlelight vigils outside Fort Leavenworth.

Massive spying on the U.S. public is *not* happening.

2. The U.S. has always been pretty tight-lipped with its allies, trusting them only as much as it has to. In countries like Canada or the U.K. where if this sort of surveillance became public knowledge the backlash would bring the government down, the U.S. just wouldn't risk it.

Members of Parliament (and Congress) are notoriously leaky with information like this.

Bottom line - It's not happening, there is no Big Brother, and this person is living in an alternate universe populated by aliens, conspiracy theories, and ghosts.

Common sense says the capability to do this surveillance is there, but says even more loudly that we aren't sharing that capability with ANY allies, and that it's use is governed in the strictest manner.


17 posted on 12/19/2005 9:20:19 AM PST by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: Heavyrunner

BTTT on your post.


23 posted on 12/19/2005 5:55:17 PM PST by Alia
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