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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In the war against terror, we must sacrifice personal freedoms

Is it spying when the National Security Agency listens to your phone calls and reads your text messages? What about when a reporter leaks confidential information obtained through an informant? Should he or she be prosecuted?

Privacy is the issue. Where do we draw the line?

Our intelligence programs have become the subject of national debate. There are many misconceptions about telephone surveillance, such as the belief that the NSA is spying on innocent Americans by listening to their phone calls and reading their emails and text messages.

This simply isn’t true. In order to listen to conversations or search through emails and text messages, U.S. intelligence agencies must first have probable cause, and then obtain a court order. No one is listening to your conversations. The government is collecting “metadata,” which consists of information that would appear on an individual’s phone bill, including numbers dialed, dates, times and duration of calls.

Many Americans are outraged nonetheless, and claim that the federal government is violating their rights. According to Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, it is important to realize that information gathered by inspecting suspected terrorists’ phone activity has prevented several terrorist attacks in recent years.

To that end, in 2011 President Obama signed a four-year extension of several key elements of the Patriot Act, the bill signed in the weeks after 9/11 that allowed the government to wiretap, search business records and conduct surveillance on individuals suspected of having ties to terrorist organizations or who may be taking part in terrorist-related activities.

The program allows U.S. intelligence agencies to identify terrorist leads and helps them prevent terror plots.

In fact, Rep. Peter King has called the program “absolutely essential” and reminded us that “hundreds, maybe thousands of New Yorkers would’ve been incinerated in the subway system” if Najibullah Zazi, who was arrested in 2009 for being part of a plot to bomb the New York City subway, had not been caught.

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rdeyoung

Sacrifice freedoms? I am guessing that you retirement or cash gifts from Grumman has compromised your mind and soul to make a decision on what is best for our people Mr. D'Amato. Please spare us the McCarthy-ism rhetoric that you and your cronies would love for us to blindly follow to our demise. You are the very element that out founding fathers warned us against!

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | Report this
Mickey

Both Republican and Democratic Party elitists would want nothing better than to have the American People trade off our Freedoms (bequeathed to us from GOD, but guaranteed us by our Founding Father's in the United States Constitution.) Mr. D'Amato along with most political opportunists and masters of "Loop-hole infested Laws" which have brought us to this unholy "Cradle to Grave" control by most Federal, State and Local government municipalities throughout the nation. Over many years, politicians from both sides of the aisle and at all levels, have colluded with the intent purpose of enslaving the American citizenry through passing Law upon Law which benefits only the "Entitled Aristocracy" on our nation. Trading our Freedoms for added safety is a preposterous and nefarious attempt to further obligate American citizens to the Nanny-State, Marxist Ideology espoused by Karl Marx, and not coincidentally Vladimir Putin and closer to home, Al D'Amato, and Barack Obama, among others in the political world, too many to mention. The world is in turmoil

thanks to the corruption of the "Power Elite" of every nation. American wealth has been squandered away to BUY the loyalty of less powerful nations, led by even more corrupt national leaders. Obviously the PEOPLE of those nations have discovered the corruption quicker than the American public. Their streets are ablaze with violent protest. It is only time, before "American Streets will run red with the blood of Tyrants and Patriots alike"..

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