@Mike Richards--Make no mistake: I AM concerned about the NSA, just
wondering why we're not concerned about all the private entities who
collect data in considerably more depth and breadth. As we know, the NSA has
been able to persuade cell phone providers to relinquish their users' data.
What is to prevent the NSA from doing the same with Google, FaceBook, Apple,
Microsoft, Comcast, etc? What I enumerated earlier is only the tip
of the iceberg. Google sent photo vehicles down the world's streets,
photographing every home, and while in the neighborhood capturing all the
unsecured data it could find on home networks. Through Google Books it knows
which books we read, through Google Finance it knows our stock portfolios and
various financial accounts. It not only stores our documents, photos, music,
etc. on Google Drive, it scans them and analyzes the content. It knows our
relationships and group affiliations through Google+ and our viewing habits
through YouTube. Imagine all that in the NSA's hands! For all we know, they
may already have exercised their authority to harvest all that data from Google
and the other entities I mentioned.
Frankly, I'm surprised that Senator Feinstein said anything at all,
considering his proposals only change the clothing (i.e external appearance) of
the NSA critter. The behavior and root issue were not touched at all. Senator Feinstein is a major cheerleader of the Patriot Act and its
aceroinox,Google cannot tax us. Google cannot send the IRS after us
if it thinks that we're not following the "party line". Google
cannot send us to jail. We can sue Google if Google uses information against
us. We cannot sue the Government if Obama decides that his community organizers
should ferret out those who find fault with him and then use the full power of
the government to harass them as he allowed the IRS to do when
"conservatives" wanted the same privileges to promote their candidates
as Obama's brother George had when George collected money to promote
Obama.Any citizen should demand that Obama obey all of the laws all
of the time or they may find that the hand that feeds them today will strike
It puzzles me why Americans are so concerned about the NSA having access to
their phone records, and yet are not concerned about the level of intelligence
that Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, et al have on every electronics user in
this country. For example, if you have an Android phone, or have enabled Google
Location Services, Google knows where you are at any time, and records that
info. Ever wondered how Google Maps knows the speed of traffic on roads and
freeways? They track every phone traveling those roads. That tracking
doesn’t stop when you arrive at your destination. They know where your
worship and how long. They know where you shop, how long, in which aisle you
lingered and did a Google search for certain products, and now with Google
Wallet, they know what you bought after that activity. They know who you call
and how long you talk. Even if you don't own a cell phone, if you use gMail
or Google Search, all that (including message content) becomes part of your
Google "dossier".But then, we trust Google, right? Surely
they have our best interest at heart.
When the CEO of America proposes that the 4th Amendment be made null and void,
that government, or someone appointed by government, should have the
"right" to violate our 4th Amendment protection against search without a
warrant signed by a judge after being presented probable cause, that date should
be collected on our private conversations, then that CEO has violated our trust
and his oath of office.No excuse from Obama can ever repair the
damage that he authorized. He has lost our trust and he has lost the trust of
people world-wide for abusing power that was entrusted to him.
I'm shocked that what barack is proposing wont work. Just shocked.
It's frustrating to see commenters here who can't see anything outside
the Republican vs. Democrat spectrum. Although President Obama's proposals
fall well short of what is needed to restore the Fourth Amendment to its
rightful place, they are small steps in the right direction. Blame
for NSA spying belongs not just to this president or his predecessor, but to the
majority of our two major parties, and to every citizen who believes that the
government needs to violate our rights against unreasonable searches and
seizures to keep us safe.
Of course its not going to work, you actually believed him?? Might be time for
Congress to step up and act like the legislative third of the government.
I hope it works better than Obamacare, the bailouts, the "shovel ready
stimulus", redistribution of wealth, the abandonment of Iraq, the IRS
targeting, fast and furious, all the Benghazi cover-ups, the late DOMA, the weak
economy, the decline in the middle class, the doubling of food stamp recipients
and the explosion of the national debt. If not for our sakes, then for our
Has anything Obama done worked out?
How about just don't spy on Americans. We understand that safety and
security is an illusion and that the best you can hope for is to protect
yourself. Not willing to give up liberty for the illusion of safety.
I accept the risks, I would rather die standing than live on my