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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Sat, Jan. 31st, 2009 01:55 pm
It's not paranoia if they're actually spying on you.

I sent the Obama administration the following letter, because as good a job as he's been doing, I have yet to hear anything about the NSA's warrantless wiretapping, and what the administration plans to do about it. Indeed, his record on the subject has fallen rather short of his usual standard.

The guy is many times better than Bush, yes. But it's still important to hold his feet to the fire when he makes a mistake, particularly on an issue that is as important and Constitutionally-fundamental as this one.

The way terrorism intelligence has been handled in this country, over the past 8 years -- the "guilty until proven innocent" mentality, the mentality that "giving up civil rights is OK if it's to fight terrorism"... these things smell rather unpleasantly of McCarthyism and witch hunts.

Society pays a real, human cost for this surveillance. That cost is rarely obvious -- at least, not right away, but it is there. One only has to look at repressive regimes such as China, or the Thai government, to see what happens on the other end.

Combine wholesale surveillance with a climate of fear, and a lack of respect for due process and the rule of law. Good, innocent people will be branded criminals, forced to pay fines and serve jail sentences, or worse -- solely because they are brave enough to present competing ideas.

Let's stop it now, before we get that far.

>>> In 500 characters or less...

Dear Pres. Obama,

I am appalled at the degree to which the NSA has overstepped its authority in spying on ordinary American citizens. I think it's clear, from the following links, that our Constitutional rights have been violated. What steps will your administration take to correct this issue, and hold those responsible accountable?

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/nsa-whistlebl-1.html
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/nsa-whistlebl-2.html

-- Des

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vanfooy
vanfooy
Sun, Feb. 1st, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Accountability

So much power!


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darkone238
darkone238
Darkenwolf
Mon, Feb. 2nd, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)

Yeah I agree that it's something to look at for Obama, but I think it's a little unfair to criticize him for not touching the subject yet. He has a LOT of things he's been addressing and a lot of other as-important-if-not-more subjects to deal with. He's not superman.

Good on you for sending the letter though.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Mon, Feb. 2nd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)

Oh, I know that -- the economy's much higher on a lot of people's priority lists right now, and I'm not faulting him for taking care of that first.

But his record, even while he was still just a presidential candidate, is on the wrong side of the issue. See the link I posted above ("fallen rather short of his usual standard") -- he voted in favor of telecom immunity, and made a statement in favor of continuing the current surveillance framework.

The link again: http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/07/netroots-activi.html

So a mistake has already been made, and while I don't expect him to address it right now (As you say, priorities), I would like to see at least a plan for addressing it.

Edited at 2009-02-02 05:18 am (UTC)


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