Thursday, May 11, 2006

Welcome to the Police State

What was one of things that made living in the USSR so intolerable? Oh right: The KGB would regularly spy on ordinary citizens. Good thing we Americans are so morally superior.

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY. The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime.
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, the terrorists have won. Who knew that 19 men with boxcutters could trigger such a cascade of self-destruction?

Expected GOP-spin: There's nothing to worry about if you are not a terrorist. If you worry about this stuff you must be a terrorist. What do you have to hide, hmm?

1- Think about the bonanza these records would represent for an unscrupulous person with a taste for extortion.
2 - Real criminals use disposable cell-phones. They don't discuss terrorist business on their home phones
3 - Rule of Law! Rule of Law!

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