Skip to comments.Most Americans back NSA tracking phone records, prioritize probes over privacy
Posted on 06/10/2013 3:35:29 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007
A large majority of Americans say the federal government should focus on investigating possible terrorist threats even if personal privacy is compromised, and most support the blanket tracking of telephone records in an effort to uncover terrorist activity, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll.
Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyones online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. A slender majority, 52 percent, say no such broad-based monitoring should occur.
The new survey comes amid recent revelations of the National Security Agencys extensive collection of telecommunications data to facilitate terrorism investigations.
Overall, 56 percent of Americans consider the NSA accessing telephone call records of millions of Americans through secret court orders acceptable, while 41 percent call the practice unacceptable....
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Yeah I wonder how much the NSA paid the Post to print this?
If anyone does support this stuff, wait until the figure out that their alcohol purchases and bar tabs gets them a visit from a Muslim/sharia agent.
They will be signing a different tune then.
Well that settles it. Majority opinion makes right, unless it involves gay marriage, abortion, immigration, taxes, eminent domain, drug policy, education policy, health care, foreign policy, trade policy, deficit spending, etc.
A majority of people in the 13 colonies wanted to remain subjects of the Crown, too.
I could slant such a poll by merely over-weighting female responses. Most women will trade liberty for security.
The WaPoo and the New Yorker Magazine scream, “Americans don’t care..!” and we BELIEVE them...?
OF COURSE they’d say that.
I can’t believe a SINGLE freep would fall for this pap.
Rasmussen says 68% oppose. Now who would you believe?
Who said we do?
Thou art quick to assume, me thinks?
This is a LOAD OF OBAMA
This is a false poll. I saw other polls totally opposite.
Be intuitive people! The Libs are FOR anything O does.
From Disney World, where else?
Heaven forbid their beloved Hussein do anything wrong and be held accountable. I’m sick and tired and about ready to drop out of the rat race.
About the same number that are Obamabots.
They have truly lost their minds if they believe that or think anyone will believe that...ever.
It appears that they polled the frightened children in Washington DC.
And these people would be the communist parasites who suck off the government.
Believe it. Look at all the conservatives who say Snowden should be arrested and prosecuted.
I’d bet that if the government announced that everyone should report to the nearest football field, park, parking lot, etc, more than half would voluntarily show up and they wouldn’t even ask why. Just line up and get on the cattle cars. You’ll love where we’re taking you.
And don’t be surprised to “learn” of all the nuke attacks that have been prevented. And, like Snowden said, the government will come up with some big threat and tyranny will follow.
God, thank You that I’m nearing the end of my natural life. I feel for true conservatives children and grandchildren. Not the same feelings for those who helped creat the tyrant.
I'll go a step further.. The NSA rigged the results.
According to a new Pew poll, the first to gauge the publics response to the controversial programs, a comfortable majority of the American sheeple 56 percent to 41 percent supports the gathering of millions of phone records in the quest to fight terrorism.
If 56% is a comfortable majority, then whats 59% on the other side?:
Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the governments secret collecting of these phone records for national security purposes regardless of whether there is any suspicion of wrongdoing. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% are opposed to the practice.
A representative sampling of Americans working in Langley, VA.
Well that’s easy enough, they polled Americans, not U. S. Citizens. Evidently they found enough foreign nationals from America that they could swing this sucker wildly.
But they're liberals, you see, so they're entitled to have it both ways. Didn't you remember?
Great. So why stop just at terrorosm? They could let the gov't monitor everything that could stop any crime, or any loss of even a single life.
Hey PEW, ask them if they'd support monitoring all gun sales (because someone could get shot). All alcohol sales (drunk driver prevention). All tobacco and trans fat sales (someone could get sick 20 years down the road).
Better yet, just let the Feds mandate that no new automobile may be capable of going over 40 mph. Just think of the 40,000 lives (and critters too) that would be saved annually.
This is total crapolla from a Pew Poll of 1004 respondents.
And anyway, this is not about terrorism. The NSA isn’t eavesdropping on you and me because they’re thinking we’re terrorists. It’s for other nefarious purposes. Or, they can redefine the meaning of “terrorist” and jail us all when they feel like it.
“Oh, I don’t care if the government needs to data snoop in their effort to root out terrorists...I’m not a terrorist, so they won’t be listening in on my private phone calls..”
If it was about terrorists, they’d close the damn border. If it was about terrorists, they’d have picked up the Tsarnaev brothers two years ago. No, it’s about building a dossier of data on every American to use against us at a future date.
It's a pile of Pelosi
Have any facts been disclosed regarding the nature of the surveillance, or are most people relying solely on the word of one young, former contractor?
Is it worse to be suspicious, do nothing, and subsequently conditioned than to be ignorant? Why are people seemingly more acceptable of surveillance today than years ago? Political hypocrisy?
I have been effectively defending the NSA, but the adults still need to step up and ensure privacy is properly protected at every conceivable level. There must be political firewalls in place that are facilitated by the private sector. Data should be effectively anonymous until warranted by the courts. Not sure how to associate anonymous data from disparate sources though. Maybe through a trusted 3rd party (uh... excluding Snowden).
The organization that created the healthcare death panels should know who you’re talking to and for how long if they say it will keep us safer.
A WaPo poll is worth the toilet paper it is printed on.
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace.
"We seek not your counsel, nor your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
-- Samuel Adams
Americans deserve chains.
This is not what the polling says.
Is there nobody left that isn’t a criminal or a criminal conspirator?
NSA mistakenly pulled records. Stories are coming out that this happened dozens of times. The problem with the program is no one is told when it happens. There is no oversight. It potential for abuse scares the hell out of me!
This NSA guy claims anyone can pulled records on a whim, I tend to believe him.
“Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyones online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks.”
“About the same number that are Obamabots.”
Too easy. What if by so doing, we could eliminate kiddie porn or what if we can save battered wives? It is a route to eliminate gun crime by identifying possible perpetrators (gun owners).
Man who could possible choose freedom??
This American believes it is unacceptable for my government to go trawling for criminals or even storing anything about me when I am under no suspicion for a crime.
LIES LIES EVERY TIME SOMETHING HAPPENS THE FREAKING LIARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE SAY THE POPULACE SUPPORTS IT.
Gun crime? No, Obamabots want to eliminate guns, period.
“Most Americans” don’t understand that virtually every call, text, email, or online transaction is being recorded by the government. They have been deceived. It’s going to take time.
The USG is the #1 terrorist. Who is monitoring them?
Quite so. I have already imagined that food purchases and restaurant visits paid via credit card will be a factor when it comes to deciding who gets that heart operation or cancer treatment and who doesn’t twenty years from now if Obamacare is in effect.
>> There is no oversight. It potential for abuse scares the hell out of me!
Indeed. And the Marxist scumbags will abuse, and possibly have abused, such potential.
I’m dubious about the notion that the NSA is an irresponsible operation that is inattentive to matters of privacy. No doubt the “browsers” exist, but there are ways to guard against that.
The silver lining here is awareness, and the understanding there should be an appropriate level of oversight. One might think Congress should be handling this, but DC is completely #ed up. A private sector consortium should exist for this purpose that includes equal representation of small to large concerns. Plenty of individuals have security clearance and the appreciation of liberty. It could be done.
I didn’t know that we had 310 million terrorist threats living in this country.
Its all in the question.
They talk about investigating a terrorist threat but this isn’t about that.
Its about spying on millions of people who have nothing to do with terrorism.
That’s unconstitutional and unaccepatable.
And here I was wondering all day how they were going to try and spin this. I figured they’d either have Snowden’s GF (or her daughter) claim rape by evening news time.
With that said, I wouldn’t believe this propoganda piece if they only polled washington post employees. And since thr fedgov loveds to snoop, I’ll give them something to wet the bed over:
(Ahem - biff biff... is this thing on? Good): attention spooks: you can buy up all the ammo. Go ahead and hunt down Snowden and make an example out of him. You can trash out borders, weaken the currency, even give a good race riot for our summer entertainment...
... and it won’t make a damn bit of difference. You’ve lost the trust of the American people and there’s nothing you can do about it. From the tea party guy, to the occupy wall street gal, and every low information voter in between. They all have smart phones, tables, pc’s etc. Across the political spectrum, no one thinks its you (expletive) business to know everything about the people who pay your salaries.
Think the information highway is your little digital playground? Well monitor this: we’re Americans, dammit! We built this network AND we can tear it down and build another one that’ll leave you spooks playing pacman to avoid dying of bordem! The net only stays up because, well... we’re nice people.
Don’t believe me, just ask a fellow geek.
Go ahead. Throw us in jail. Bankrupt us. Kill us. We don’t care. I for one WILL NOT surrender to evil foreign OR DOSMESTIC!!
Did you get all that over in Fort Meade? Good. Just remember that as of now, we all surf the same web.
Jimjohn - OUT (drops the mic).