Monday, May 15, 2006

Skeptical of the Government?

You have good reason to be skeptical of what the government will do with the information they obtain from your phone calls, look what they did with the classified information they had on CIA agent Valerie Plame.


Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Somehow I think alot more of us will be wanting a morning martini before long, but I'm afraid we will not be able to afford one.

People who can't pronounce the word should not be allowed to play with nuclear weapons, and anyone who believes in the trickle down fairy should not be in charge of the economy.

So in that vein, People who do not even know the value of quality intelligence should keep their noses out of other people's bidness.

That means you, Chimpy McFlightsuit!

May 15, 2006 5:59 AM  
Blogger shutterwi said...

Are you telling me we can't trust Bush to tell us the truth?

The Decider said he was not invading our private lives.

What evidence do you have that the Decider would lie to the American people.


May 15, 2006 6:03 AM  
Blogger JM said...

About the only thing we can count on these days is that whatever the government says, you can count on them to be doing the diametrically opposite action. "Privacy of Americans being fiercely protected"..."no child left behind"..."pro-life"..."energy reform"..."fiscal conservative"..."making us safer", the list just goes on and on. A shameful time to be an American! Luckily, most Americans seem to be waking up, but is it too little, too late?

May 15, 2006 6:14 AM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what that same country has been doing with your phone records for the past five years while you sleep uneasily at night.

May 15, 2006 6:24 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Thought I'd plagiarize myself here.

Ran across a great alternative to olives in a martini - caper buds. If you haven't, you must. Got a couple on a salad last week, didn't know what the hell they were, and the lady who runs the restaurant told me they are wonderful in martinis, so I took the bait. She was right.

But on topic - who believes anything tha comes out when Dumya's lips move? Let's see, what have we been told by him on this issue? Wiretaps on terroists are done pursuant to a search warrant, NSA program is only on international calls and targeted at terrorists and people with known ties to terrorism. Good start.

May 15, 2006 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

I went to bed last night and woke up this morning in the old Soviet Union. At least that's what it's starting to feel like.

May 15, 2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

That is the best way I've seen of explaining it to those that think it matters not! Nice! Thank you. My response is now embedded in my brain... right next to the chip! :>)

May 15, 2006 8:14 AM  
Blogger Trial.Lawyer.Richard said...

We should not only be skeptical, we should be outraged. We need to turn this outrage into ACTION. We need to vote Bush, Cheney and their GOP Cronies out of office. When they're out of office, let them hire private investigators to spy on eachother.


May 15, 2006 9:01 AM  
Blogger Rook said...

If you check out my site Rook's Rant you will see the journalists are already experiencing the result of the government's NSA database.

May 15, 2006 10:27 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

What a way to celebrate 30 some years since the Church Commission...

May 15, 2006 10:31 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Police have been obtaining phone records for years - with a warrant.

What the NSA is doing is entirely different. They're collecting all of our records and can then sift through without our ever knowing they've been there.

It's an outrage as is most of their maneuvers to "protect us".

And don't get me started on NCLB - ever. Your comment box is too small.

May 15, 2006 1:13 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

They have me so scared I changed my voter's registration and I'm now a bona fide Republican.

(Please, shake me and wake me up. I think I'm having a nightmare.)

May 15, 2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger glenda said...

Yeah, that's why we have a system of checks and balances. We are not supposed to trust the govenment.

May 15, 2006 2:56 PM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

Hello PoP:

I hope you had a nice day yesterday. The photo was great.

Skepticism is only one step above mistrust. I'm afraid I have come to the realization that I can't trust the government any longer. That's the bottom!

I remain, at the same time, hopeful that new leadership will have the ability to turn things around to a better America. An America of our dreams based on respect for the law and for each other. I want a spirit of fairness, not one-sided toward the rich and against all the rest.

It's going to be a very long two and a half years.

May 15, 2006 3:25 PM  
Blogger windspike said...

Can we say Indictment for Rove? Let's hope so.

May 15, 2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

People ought to be very afraid. True to form the Decider is using this data to go after reporters now. Enemies of the Administration may find themselves in very comprimising situations soon. We could very well see a bunch of political dirt exposed in these upcoming elections ala Karl Rove.

May 15, 2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Apathy has been the single largest voter bloc for two decades or better.....and Apathy is now getting it's rewards for that stellar record...(:

May 15, 2006 4:53 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Everybody kinda figure that we (progressive bloggers) are next? Already being scrutinized more closely? I KNOW you all check your Site Meter. . seen any surprises? Some of us HAVE. If I disappear tomorrow, come looking for me, K?

May 15, 2006 5:15 PM  
Anonymous caveman said...

PARANOID!!!!! ssiighhh..

May 15, 2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...


Care to come out of your cave any time soon?

May 16, 2006 3:11 AM  
Blogger chico-towner said...

Word on the street is that my carier, T-Mobile, didn't spill the beans on my calls. I guess all of the domestic providers based out of the US gave in. They're all facsists and I can imagine that they funded the Bush Crime Family right from the start. They'll give out your private info it it meant keeping "libruls" in check, thus preventing Bush or his financial backers from loosing power and influence.

i hope progressive folks pay attention and switch phone companies ASAP!

May 16, 2006 8:40 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Read this VERY INTERESTING and enlightening article on this matter:

May 16, 2006 3:51 PM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

Who wants to bet that this is just the tip of the iceberg?

And I'm wondering if the telcos that handed over our records expect their payment to be the law they're pushing to get rid of net neutrality?

May 16, 2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger Hellpig said...

ACLU are traitors to America..Kill them all!!!!!!!!!!

May 17, 2006 8:02 PM  

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