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Letters to the Editor

September 10, 2013

Democrats OK with Obama spying?

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The fact that a high school dropout named Edward Snowden can track anyone and know everything about their lives proves Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, author of the "Patriot Act," is right when he says the program has become "a violation of the Fourth Amendment" and the Obama government "better clean up their act."

Meanwhile, recent polls shows Democrats approve of government surveillance of everyday innocent Americans as long as it's Obama spying on you, not Bush.

The trust is misplaced.

Considering this administration's multitude of scandals heavily overshadowing the few

scandals of the Bush Administration (Valerie Plame is debatable, Armstrong Williams was a scandal and the U.S. Attorneys complaint went nowhere), what would be the reason for trusting the Obama administration with all of your personal information, electronic and phone conversations and travel history over Bush?

This administration has no credible history of transparent, honest governing.

Personally, I believe we need to amend the Fourth Amendment to protect against any President, Republican or Democrat, Nixon or Obama, from such intrusive violations of the basic American right to privacy.

Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill that would forbid "any agency of the U.S. Government to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause."

It's a weak start that is too easily circumvented. The language needs to include "all communications, transactions, travels and the recordings thereof."

In May 2006, then Sen. Joe Biden talked with CBS interviewer Harry Smith about warrantless wiretapping and monitoring phone calls between suspected foreign terrorist and Americans. Joe Biden, now vice president, then said, "This idea that no court will review, no Congress will know, and we're gonna trust the President and the Vice-President of the United States that they're doin' the right thing, don't count me in on that."

A prescient utterance.

This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.

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