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Poll: NSA Leakers are 'Traitors'
NewsMax ^ | January 19, 2006 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 01/19/2006 3:06:43 PM PST by West Coast Conservative

Americans overwhelmingly support President Bush's decision to wiretap suspected terrorists operating inside the U.S. without first obtaining a court order - and a solid plurality believe those who leaked news of the secret operation are "traitors," a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll has found.

Asked whether the president "should have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor electronic communications of suspected terrorists without getting warrants, even if one end of the communication is in the United States?" - 58 percent of those surveyed said yes.

Just 36 percent disagreed.

According to Dick Morris, who reveals the poll's stunning results in today's New York Post - even 42 percent of Democrats back the Bush surveillance program.

The results flatly contradict a widely reported Associated Press poll two weeks ago, which sampled a dispropotionate percentage of Democrats and concluded that the public objected to the Bush surveillance program. In another stunning finding, the Fox poll found by that a margin of nearly 2 to 1, the American public believes that those responsible for exposing the super secret surveillance program have betrayed the country.

Fifty percent of those surveyed called those responsible for blowing the NSA's cover "traitors," while just 27 percent agreed with media claims that the leakers were "whistleblowers."

By a margin of 42 to 34 percent, even Democrats agreed with the "traitor" label.

Americans also strongly support renewing the Patriot Act by a nearly 2 to 1 margin [57 to 31 percent].

And a solid plurality of those surveyed - 46 percent - credit Bush administration counterterrorism efforts for preventing al Qaeda from carrying out another 9/11-style attack on the U.S. Notes Morris:

"These statistics tell us that Democratic politicians are just hurting themselves by raising and dwelling on the wiretap issue . . . We're more afraid of al Qaeda than of our own elected officials."

"In other words," he adds, "Ann Coulter represents the Democratic mainstream better than Al Gore on this one!"


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: homelandsecurity; leak; nsa; patriotleak; poll; spying; traitor; wiretaps

1 posted on 01/19/2006 3:06:45 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative
"In other words," he adds, "Ann Coulter represents the Democratic mainstream better than Al Gore on this one!"

Rules?

2 posted on 01/19/2006 3:09:28 PM PST by lormand (...the wrong person came out of the water that fateful night in Chappaquiddick)
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To: West Coast Conservative

No ifs, ands or buts. The need speedy trials and the firing squad.


3 posted on 01/19/2006 3:09:38 PM PST by pissant
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To: West Coast Conservative

Sounds like a lot of the country has more sense than the 'Rat leadership--and the NY Times.


4 posted on 01/19/2006 3:09:51 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: MizSterious

Ask if they should be hung...that will get some schincters quivering.


5 posted on 01/19/2006 3:14:26 PM PST by samadams2000 (Remember our Founding Fathers were REAL men- Unlike today's Rinos)
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To: MizSterious

And it's driving them nuts.


7 posted on 01/19/2006 3:16:07 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

My my! You mean to tell me that the Old Medias propoganda machine is failing?


8 posted on 01/19/2006 3:22:15 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

It's about time they were called Traitors by elected politicians and strung up for that Treason. Unfortunately half would have to convict themselves.

But, yeah, the American public doesn't think treason is a quaint antique practice. It's a current everyday event.


9 posted on 01/19/2006 3:24:27 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Mr. President: It is now time to turn over the money changers' tables.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
even 42 percent of Democrats back the Bush surveillance program

Many Democrats: public libertines, private conservatives
Even Democrats are for actively preventing someone from flying a jet
into their place of work or home...or sawing their head off with a knife.
10 posted on 01/19/2006 3:26:01 PM PST by VOA
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To: Baynative

This reminds me of Kerry's famous line

"Is this where I ken git me a huntin license?"


11 posted on 01/19/2006 3:27:10 PM PST by Mayflower Sister (DEMOCRAT: THE PARTY OF COWARDS AND TRAITORS)
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To: pissant

If a democRAT senator or congresscritter leaked information about this program, that person must resign and face prosecution for leaking classifed material and for treason. As the ACLU likes to say, no one is above the law.


12 posted on 01/19/2006 3:28:15 PM PST by defenderSD ( In a battle of wits against a FReeper, the typical liberal is unarmed. )
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To: West Coast Conservative

This is backfiring big time on the Dems and the MSM. Every time they bring up the subject it forces people, even those who are having second thoughts on the war, to reflect upon the fact that we have not been attacked since 9/11 and Bush has been on top of our surveillance strategies.


13 posted on 01/19/2006 3:31:11 PM PST by CaptainK
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To: defenderSD

Rockefeller? Turban Durbin?


14 posted on 01/19/2006 3:34:08 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

my guess rocky


15 posted on 01/19/2006 3:39:35 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...8thAF...4077th TFW...408th MMS...Ubon Thailand..."69"..Night Line Delivery,AMMO)
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To: defenderSD
This is War!

Republican or Democrat: Any Senator who leaked this information should be first expelled from the Senate and then prosecuted to the fullest extent. People need to do hard time.

Also, we need a draconian law similar to England's Official Secrets Act to deter further leaking.

16 posted on 01/19/2006 3:48:38 PM PST by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
The results flatly contradict a widely reported Associated Press poll two weeks ago, which sampled a dispropotionate percentage of Democrats and concluded that the public objected to the Bush surveillance program.

Chuckie Shmuckie Schumer must've been the pollster.

17 posted on 01/19/2006 3:58:37 PM PST by b4its2late (Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.)
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To: lormand
I think the rule is that the post has to be about the person in question. So following that, here goes.


18 posted on 01/19/2006 3:59:13 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cowards cut and run. Marines finish the job. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
But ... but ... the Democrats were hoping to get some MILEAGE from this one ...

Seriously, this illustrates how 9/10 the Democrats are. They expected huge numbers of Americans to boil because of this "scandal." But then again, they live in a world where Daniel Ellsburg is a hero, the Summer of Love never turned to winter, and love beads are the season's "must-have" fashion accessory.

19 posted on 01/19/2006 4:02:12 PM PST by IronJack
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To: West Coast Conservative
The Democrats still haven't figured out that the basic common sense of Americans out there in non-Hollywood, non-northeastern liberal, non-ACLU/NEA/People for the American Way/NOW world understand the stakes in this war, and they believe we elect a President to protect us from terrorists.

In the Hollywood/Liberal/ACLU/NEA/PAW/NOW world, a President is merely a puppet on their string (like Clinton), not the Founders' vision of a constitutionally empowered Executive who provides leadership during times of crisis and doesn't consult their so-called "polls" to decide on his next move.

That American citizens understand what 9/11 meant, that we were attacked and are at war, and that such a non-traditional (nation against nation) war requires non-conventional strategies may come as a surprise to Democrats. It may also surprise them that when they named the screaming Dean to be their Party's logo, they lost whatever credibility the Party once had with ordinary Americans.

As many good former Democrats have said, "I didn't leave the Party. The Party left me!" They look at Dean, Kerry, Kennedy, and the other out-of-touch loonies and wonder what happened to their father's and grandfather's Democratic Party.

20 posted on 01/19/2006 4:08:15 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: pissant

I dunno. There are so many existing and potential traitors in that party. Possibly it was one of them, or a RAT congressperson and/or a house or senate RAT staffer(s). With that gang the possibilities are endless.


21 posted on 01/19/2006 4:37:48 PM PST by defenderSD ( In a battle of wits against a FReeper, the typical liberal is unarmed. )
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To: West Coast Conservative

A short drop and a sudden stop is the answer. Betray your country and die.


22 posted on 01/19/2006 5:07:47 PM PST by TigersEye (All Americans should be armed and dangerous!)
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To: Baynative

; "Somebody git me a rope"

Support hanging, the only environmentally concous way to execute. Reuse the same rope over and over again.


23 posted on 01/19/2006 6:02:56 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: MarkeyD
Well, the rule is to post any pic of a hot chick, whatever the excuse.

You just failed that one by posting a Dick

:)

24 posted on 01/19/2006 6:13:41 PM PST by lormand (...the wrong person came out of the water that fateful night in Chappaquiddick)
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To: Mad_as_heck

This AP fake polling is exactly how the biased press harms their Democrat Party. The Rats get a false sense of what they should and should not be pushing for political gain. When the press had total control over thought, fake polls worked on the public. But now fake polls from the old media only work on the Democrats. The public has other sources of information in order to make up their own minds independent of the old media.


25 posted on 01/19/2006 7:05:58 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: Mad_as_heck

This AP fake polling is exactly how the biased press harms their Democrat Party. The Rats get a false sense of what they should and should not be pushing for political gain. When the press had total control over thought, fake polls worked on the public. But now fake polls from the old media only work on the Democrats. The public has other sources of information in order to make up their own minds independent of the old media.


26 posted on 01/19/2006 7:06:07 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: Mad_as_heck

This AP fake polling is exactly how the biased press harms their Democrat Party. The Rats get a false sense of what they should and should not be pushing for political gain. When the press had total control over thought, fake polls worked on the public. But now fake polls from the old media only work on the Democrats. The public has other sources of information in order to make up their own minds independent of the old media.


27 posted on 01/19/2006 7:06:33 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BUMP!!!


28 posted on 01/19/2006 7:07:26 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: West Coast Conservative
Well, this poll is certainly a better gauge than the bogus Zogby poll from a few days ago which reported that a majority of Americans want Bush impeached. Zogby phrased his question like this (paraphrasing):

"If President Bush eavesdropped on your mother's conversation with your Aunt Betty as the two women were discussing a secret family crabcake recipe, should Bush be impeached?"

29 posted on 01/19/2006 7:14:07 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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