The real deal is-the program was started under the Bush Administration....and From what I understand Obama said he would not use the program as it was written. He changed the law to make it necessary to get a warrant from the secret FISA courts after he was elected. He kept his word... such that it is.
Not too long ago a list of things which will soon disappear made the rounds in the social network circles.
Can't list them all as I did not copy it.
I think print newspapers was listed near the top of the list of perhaps nine different things.
Near the end of the list was "privacy"
I've been told that any cell phone conversation can be replayed by authorities.
As JM often says it's a new world Charlie Brown.
Oh woo is us.
As PoGo said well over half a century ago.
We have met the enemy and it is us.
PN, he didn't keep his word, that was my point. The program continues based on what he said was a balance of national security and privacy. PN, I know obama is your cat but he is just as crooked as the rest. Color really does not matter...
I will only comment is that we are in a different kind of war the world has never seen before. It's loaded with tech-no war weapons. If one monitered conversation keeps another jet loaded to capacity with jet fuel from crashing into another American building'; the White House, the Pentagon, Statue of Liberty, down town Atlanta etc. etc. then we must use the weapons at hand to confront it. I know I ain't no terrorist. They can listen to me all they want. My only worry is that some of em may decide to throw a net over me and take me to a padded cell in a straight jacket. (you think they would let me take my inflatable dolls?)
Beyond that happening, no worries here.
I digress to the point that this is not about the program as oppossed to the adminstrations semantics. Would have had a lot more respect for this is the cost of national security in some cases instead of the the same old same old...