Knowing that the NSA is keeping such close tabs on us makes me feel

secure 23% 47 votes
nervous 5% 12 votes
angry 37% 77 votes
uncertain about whether it's safe to answer this question, not that I have anything to hide. 33% 68 votes
204 total votes


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How about "not surprised" since this information has been pretty public since the second Bush term at least.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Part of the Patriot Act. We were warned by various watchdog groups.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
June 16, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The slope got especially slippery with the introduction of the Patriot Act. Amazingly, over 90% of the voting public keeps rewarding those who make this all possible with their continued support in the ballot box.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2013 at 2:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Funny, none of the normal Tea Party commenters seem to have anything say. Maybe they actually understand it was their brand of republicanism that caused all this invasion of American privacy ?

SmileySam (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2013 at 5:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A parallel situation exists on the internet ... your meta-data can be collected and can be linked to you via IP address. In theory, the latter would require a court order by a third party.

It's interesting far fewer people get upset about this.

And if I know your name and geographic location, I can find all sorts of info about you quite easily.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2013 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

SmileySam: From what I can see, the Tea Party has no more respect for the constitution than those they criticize.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2013 at 3:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I remember reading about Data Mining back in the 1950's with the Red Scare and McCarthy looking for the Soviet Supporters, come on, people, read and remember History; our Government finds us to be the largest threat to our own Country and nothing you do or say is PROTECTED!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 4:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I do not identify with the teabaggers because all political groups are coopted by big money, but how are the "limited government" types responsible for the NSA?

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 6:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Regarding the mining of meta-data on the internet ... I fear the commercial money-driven outfits much more than I do the government.

While this is not comprehensive, here's a good place to start removing personally-identifiable data others have gathered about you:

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

billclausen: re ballot box - Lois Capps has voted in favor of Patriot Act violations of privacy, including a very close vote yesterday to limit NSA spying, so I really can't vote for Lois Capps in the future.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I made a terrible mistake in last comment. Very sorry, Loise Capps voted YES on the Amash Amendment, to halt NSA secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records. Thank you, you rock, Lois!

The Guardian, July 31, 2013: "Diane Feinstein, a judiciary committee member who also chairs the Senate intelligence committee, defended the officials. "We would place the nation in jeopardy if we were to end these two programs (phone records database and the internet communications surveillance) ,she said."

14noscams (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 7:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Check out Xkey score, Guardian, 7/31/13:
NSA's XKeyscore tool is its 'widest reaching' system for collecting online data

14noscams (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 8:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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