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June 8, 2013 - 10:55 am
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Put aside the civil-liberties argument with regard to the NSA surveillance programs and look at the political fallout that these revelations might mean. Are the voters angry about the government keeping track of their phone calls and internet communications?

Surprisingly, according to two respected polling outfits, the answer is no.

Politico:

“The outrage is coming from the people who write, but not the people who vote,” said Democratic pollster Jefrey Pollock, president of Global Strategy Group, adding that the type of surveillance revealed this week is seen as “a necessary evil.”

“People are willing to kind of bite the bullet a little bit if it helps stop terrorist attacks,” said Republican pollster Ed Goeas of the Tarrance Group.

A Pew Research survey in 2011 found that only 29 percent favored “the U.S. government monitoring personal telephone calls and emails” in order to curb terrorism. But Pew found in another poll that 47 percent are more concerned government policies “have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country,” while only 32 percent said they were more concerned the government has gone “too far.”

“I wouldn’t want to minimize the concern over privacy at all because it’s definitely there. But at the same time, especially in the wake of Boston and the constant threat people are feeling … protection is foremost,” said Carroll Doherty, associate director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. “In this general tradeoff, when push comes to shove … more people consistently since 9/11 said protecting the country is a greater concern than restricting civil liberties.”

Gallup senior editor Lydia Saad said voters generally support the government as long as it does not cross the line of actually collecting what’s being said in calls and emails.

“You might actually hit a raw nerve with the content element if that emerges as a key difference,” she said.

This helps explain why President Barack Obama bent over backwards in California Friday to stress that “nobody is listening to your telephone calls.”

Indeed, some of the outrage coming from Republicans seems a little forced given the way many in the GOP defended President Bush when his warrantless wiretap program was exposed in the New York Times in 2005.

Republican elder statesman Charlie Black complained about conservatives who defended the practice under Bush, now trashing it under Obama. He said radio host Mark Levin would normally push to go after the terrorists but he caught him decrying it as Big Brother on the drive home from work Thursday.

Black, a confidante of Senate hawks like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, said the re-authorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last year empowered the government to do exactly this sort of surveillance. He wishes the government could be more candid about plots that have been thwarted.

“My guess is, a week or two from now, it’s not going to be a hot issue with the public but I don’t know that for sure,” he said.

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'The corruption of appointing special interest persons of dual Israeli/U.S. citizeship into critical and sensitive government positions has been carried forth since the 60s and Bush had not just a few, but 31 of them."

Ahhh...it's those damn JOOOOOS!!! Now, I see where you are coming from, Herr Dimwit. Sieg Heil! All that goosestepping has rattled your gray matter, apparently.

Attempted removal of the right of free assembly, of the right to practice Catholicism, of the right to be free of unwarranted search and seizures, of the right to bear arms, of privacy, HAVE NOT been under assault...by the JOOOOS, no matter what color your jackboots, skinhead.

No, those are the particularly noxious frontiers of the hard left.

It's always nice to see the Stalinists intermarry with the National Socialist party nuts. The offspring have the Jew hating down to a science and the hard leftist propaganda cultism permanently embossed like tattoos on their forearms.
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What does Bush have to do with this? And/Or...what is REPUBLICAN overreach on this issue?

Let's connect the dots for those apparently incapable of firing synapses consistently.

If it was JUST the NSA (now to be headed up by a known liar, who participated in a scheme to arrest and perp walk and then jail an INNOCENT man) "collecting" telephone and internet "records"...we could perhaps say that it is "necessary" to Homeland Security.

IF...that was ALL.

However, in the CUMULATIVE ...let's start keeping score of the GAME, not just one inning or one at bat.

Did this administration perjure itself repeatedly in going after Rosen at Fox? Did this administration fill out a KNOWN false court document? Did this administration target Tea Party and conservative groups asking questions about prayers and lawful assembly? Did this administration go wholesale Animal Farm against the AP? Did this administration threaten whistleblowers on Benghazi? Did this administration hold secret, off the record, JournOlista meetings in order to control the press? Did this administration stonewall the Fast and Furious investigation, eventually granting an Executive Privilege that does not exist? Did this administration hand over personal tax returns of high profile conservatives to leftist media groups?

Let's stop there for a breath, for a moment. What the FLOCK does THAT pattern and practice of behavior have to do with George Bush or Republican "overreach"?

Let's not be both ignorant AND disingenuous...shall we?

In our missionary zeal to slobber over the need to give half a loaf to "each side"...we do NOT need to stack the facts in a corner and squeeze our eyes shut so tightly that we cut off circulation to our brains.

Tyranny is no longer at the doorstep. It's sitting in the kitchen raiding the fridge.

Wake up and smell the treason.

45 weeks ago
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brain dead zombies all over the tube - appropriate.

from what i saw happening in the last election, with our votes counted overseas by a soros owned company, blue states like ohio letting anybody and everybody vote (especially the dead), our military voting overseas not counted (again), over 100% voting for one guy, and on and on, it looks like over half the country could care less if elections are stolen. 'just give us the cool guy. party on.' when the bottom falls out at least we will know who to blame, not that it will matter then. sending lying lawyer after lying lawyer to washington to pad their own nests seem to be working so well. obamacare for thee, but not for me.
45 weeks ago
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Moran now attempts to manipulate the NSA surveilllance story for the benefit of the McCain-Graham-Bolton crowd praising their consistency in espousing a 'more surveillance more of the time under any president' position. Oh, those phony tea party elected officials suddenly bewailing a massive assualt on our civil liberties! Rick, take off the political blinders looking only at the next election cycle. If bedrock constitutional rights are now violated with impunity, future elections, if any, will be meaningless.
44 weeks ago
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Ok,we're all angry-So what? Can you tell me which senators are drawing up impeachment papers? Which congressmen are demanding jail time for Lerner and the other criminals at the IRS? Who's going to jail for spygate and APgate? What about Benghazigate? Who all went to jail for fastandfuriousgate? Can anyone tell me? Anyone? Issa,McCain,Boehner,Graham and all the other RINOS wet their panties if someone even mentions doing anything about the corrupt Obama and his low-life administration. You might as well forget it. Keep your powder dry and protect your family and home. That's really all you can do.
44 weeks ago
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Angry voters? Heck they won't even know about it unless it's the subject of a new "reality" program on the tube:

"Junkyard snoopers"
44 weeks ago
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Democrats will still turn out in droves to vote for their party guy just so long as the party keeps the free stuff flowing, and (mostly) stamps on the faces of Conservatives.
44 weeks ago
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This helps explain why President Barack Obama bent over backwards in California Friday to stress that “nobody is listening to your telephone calls.”

Does any Organism with a Backbone BELIEVE that.

Even my dog is smarter than that.
44 weeks ago
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Excuse me, but where the H-E-Double Toothpicks is Speaker Boehner? Is there any affront to constitutional government which can rouse the fellow from his apparent somnolence?
44 weeks ago
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This is anecdotal, but my co-workers are the typical low information bunch that only talk about pop culture. The IRS scandal and the phone snooping are THE only topics they have openly discussed since the Ground Zero mosque. So my answer is an emphatic........yes.
44 weeks ago
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The low info's lord and saveMe voter could not care less about O politics or how he gets what he gets. They are concerned with what O can do for them by way of cold hard cash given out by the over 80 programs the feds field for those in need. Realistically, all of O devotees are in need. If it isn't this, it's that This is only understood by the leftists who, hand in hand with O, promote O's amoral ideology. The low info voter has no need to understand the ins and outs. It's done for them
44 weeks ago
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Unfortunately, we are over populated by people who are more than willing to let the government do everything for them. This has long been the goal of the left, to destroy individualism and rights of the individual. Sadly, it looks as though they are winning.
44 weeks ago
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Judging from the comments on the Daily Kos post linked by Instapundit on this subject it is clear that Democratic voters have no problem with their government spying on them-so long as it is THEIR team doing the spying. Those who do express discomfort are more than willing to swallow their concerns in order to protect their quarterback.
45 weeks ago
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Geeessshhh! You must have been in a deep sleep from 2001 through 2008 when every online site was packed with dems bantering the very same hostile rhetoric the Tea party folks are today, with the signing and implementing of the Patriot Act. Same song but different choir today.
44 weeks ago
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Except Bush never used that information gained.. (from a vastly smaller operation) to persecute liberal groups and individuals. Nobody was harassing Soros and the rest of the left wing donors, Obama is doing EXACTLY that.

So a limited program under Bush, exponentially expanded by Obama, has proven the fears of libertarians in the GOP and left correct. The difference..

Bush didn't persecute his critics..

Obama does with illegally leaked private files..

and you really see that as the same?
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