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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21 2013 7:50 p.m. MDT

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My house was stolen
Roy , UT

I have a very hard time believing this current government represents us. Even this State government. It represents special interests only it seems. At the top of these special interests are the big banks. They own this country. They control the courts and relegislate laws through them. First the government gives the banks a bait and switch scam called HAMP to scam thousands of people out of their homes in this state. Violation of Due Process. Then there is the spying. What is next throwing people in prison for anything? IS the Constitution only a pesky piece of paper? America a Revolution is coming if this crap does not stop. I will not say the Pledge of Allegiance anymore, as there is not Liberty and Justice for all. This is a lie. It is Liberty and Justice for SOME. This is not the America I grew up in. The values of RIGHT and WRONG have become distorted. RISE UP AMERICA!

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

After reading articles in both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News I find one thing lacking.

In the Tribune article it had reaction from many of our elected officials.

Two reactions were missing. One was the governor of our state at the time and the other was our Senior Senator Orrin Hatch. Please correct me if I am wrong but wasn't Orrin Hatch at that time one of the senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee?

As a senior member of that committee would he have access to the information on that intelligence snooping?

mid-state, TN

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Wait, so you guys at the NSA overheard me telling my wife what I bought the kids for their birthday? You knew what they were getting before they did? How dare you!?

St.George, Utah

Wouldn't it be fun to find out the outrageous things ol' Mitt Romney was saying during the 2002 Olympics!
Obviously, someone close to the event will eventually pen a book describing that and much more.

Fairview, UT

@JJJHS- It's not that we were all that giddy about it during the GWB era, but we were certainly more secure than when we have an unscrupulous, less-than-transparent, prevaricator who deems his political opponents as "enemies" occupying the White House.

Fairview, UT

Even if we agreed there was a necessity for cyber intelligence to thwart terrorism, when it is put in the hands of a party who is not above using the IRS against political opponents, it's time to pull in on the reins.

Eric P
Boise, ID

And, what has been the price tag associated with the "security" that the NSA has provided by spying on us the past couple of decades?
When we are bankrupt from this, and every other unconstitutional, government program there will be little to protect us from the very thing the government claims the NSA is doing. This program and all of the unconstitutional wars and entitlement programs serve as a means, not to provide us with security but rather, to strip us of both our security and liberty.

Springville, UT

@Cedarcreek320, a subtantial number of Republicans in Louisiana blame Obama for the poor response of the government to Hurricane Katrina. So, unfortunately, I would not be surprised if they blme him for NSA spying in 2002.

West Jordan, UT

"A canary in a cage is secure but it is not free. It is easier for free men to resist terrorism from afar than tyranny from within." I used to feel like many people do, that I didn't have anything to hide from the government so it didn't matter if they monitored me. But then I started seeing all the abuses that have been exposed where the current administration is targeting people who disagree with them. There are power hungry people out there who really don't care about doing what's right and they don't have the desire to protect our freedoms. They think only of themselves and their own agendas. The loss of our freedom will happen bit by bit until it's too late to do anything. I read a two volume book that was a publication of a Jewish man's diary of his life in pre- and post Nazi Germany. It was fascinating to read the things the Nazi's would do to take away freedoms bit by bit and the people targeted kept hoping it wouldn't get worse until they were loaded onto cattle cars and disappeared.

Harley Rider
Small Town, CT

This is just the beginning = condition the sheep to the idea of surveillance and then start the enforcement of the coming Police State , which in some parts of the country has already happened.

Our Reps in Washington - Republicans - Democrats LOL there is no real difference between the 2, as both parties have totally sold out the American Taxpayer. The time is right for a 3rd party - need to eliminate all Computer Voting - Hanging Chads yeah right that was orchestrated to usher in the bogus electronic voting scam

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Where did the buck stop with regard to the Salt Lake Olympics?

Who was THE MAN in charge of the SLO?

Mitt Romney knew about this yet failed to tell Americans?

George Bush knew about this yet failed to tell Americans?

FOX News will be screaming scandal?

DRUDGE will be asking for investigations?


Beverly Hills, CA

Conservatives 2002 with Republican President: We must protect this country. You are with us or against us. Go NSA, protect us! Surveillance is patriotism!

Conservatives 2013 with Democrat President: We have been violated! What about the Consitution?

Conservatives 2013 if Romney had won: We must protect this country. You are with us or against us. Go NSA, protect us! Surveillance is patriotism!

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Comments seem to be going both ways here and someone already covered my response -- So what? If you have nothing to hide, which I don't, then who cares who reads or listens to your stuff? And if you do, then it's good that you're being monitored.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Typical irrational responses from the right ---

Bush = GOOD,
Obama = BAD.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Typical irrational responses from the left---

Bush = BAD
Obama = Not responsible for anything BAD.

Beverly Hills, CA

When I was was GOP I recall the ACLU suing to stop the government from doing this. My fellow Conservatives ripped on the ACLU and consistently supported GW Bush AND REELECTED him. They consolidated Executive power and now they are displeased that someone from another party is doing the same thing. What have you got to hide Conservatives? You made the bed, go ahead and make yourself cozy in it.

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