President Bush: You Should Thank Telcos For Spying On You, You Terrorist-Loving Jerks

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While many people who value their privacy got pretty pissed when they found out that companies such as AT&T were illegally tapping their phones for the NSA, President Bush doesn't see it that way. In fact, he thinks the wiretapping telcos are American heroes, and anyone who thinks differently is straight-up unpatriotic.

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Now the question is, should these lawsuits be allowed to proceed, or should any company that may have helped save American lives be thanked for performing a patriotic service; should those who stepped forward to say we're going to help defend America have to go to the courthouse to defend themselves, or should the Congress and the President say thank you for doing your patriotic duty? I believe we ought to say thank you.

Seriously, what the hell. I mean, I appreciate the whole 9/11-terrorists-evil-doers fearmongering crap that he uses to justify pretty much everything, but they were breaking the law. Its not ambiguous. Giving the government overreaching control that they aren't allowed to have by law is not a patriotic act, it's a greedy, self-serving one. AT&T wasn't spying on people for the troops no matter how much you try to spin it, George. Get out of office already, will you? [ThinkProgress]

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zenpoet
zenpoet

@gibson042: "I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." -R. McCloskey.

Again, I do believe that the idea/concept/system we have is the best available, just that at this current time, its not being implemented to its fullest. The beauty of our system is that it allows for self correction. Enough people, like you and me, that are unhappy with the status quo, can change it. Other forms of government are even slower to change than ours.

As to the remainder of your post, again you completely missed the point. I do not agree that the our rights SHOULD be taken, and would happily, completely, and competently defend any person's rights that had been violated by the current administration. What you are misunderstanding is that I can see the other side, and can empathize. To be able to truly defend your own position, you need to understand the opposition. To argue blindly that you are right and all others are wrong is to miss that what many might consider valid points are being made, and you just look like a tool for ignoring them.

My point was this: "As a sit here now, I do not believe it correct or proper to take away my Constitutionally granted rights, but understand that should terror/organized crime/the boogey man somehow encroach upon my life, I cannot say that I would not re-examine my thought process. That is not to say that it would change, or that it would even be a possibility for my view point to change, but I am not so naive to believe that I would not honestly question my beliefs."

It is much the same way that I tell myself that I would run into a burning building to save a stranger. I do honestly believe that I would, as I value life, and think that I would be selfless enough to attempt it. But I cannot SAY, with absolute certainty that I could do it if I was ever actually in the situation. Until you know, you just don't know.

And so we are perfectly clear, I am not attacking your system of belief, just clarifying mine. Good day.