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U.S. spying on citizens: Have we given up on our values?

A funny thing happened on the way home from the voting booth.

Here I am, less than a year into the second term of Barack Obama, and I’m questioning my vote for him — and yet I never would have voted for Mitt Romney, either. This president, just like every other since Dwight D. Eisenhower, and possibly before him, is making decisions in favor of increasing the power of our military-industrial complex, while decreasing the power of U.S. citizens to live freely and without fear of The State.

During the 1950s and 1960s, young baby boomers referred to The State as “The Man,” and as a member of Generation X, I’m embarrassed to see my parents’ generation just sit back and accept what is happening in our country in terms of unfettered spying on U.S. citizens by our own government.

Where is the accountability? Will we ever be a free society again? And is our American Dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness really over?

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Patrick Wells on 06/25/2013 - 07:04 pm.

    The American Doctrine of Willful Ignorance

    With the passing of the greatest generation, the baby boom generation has adopted the new American Doctrine of Willful Ignorance.

    Besides the unauthorized spying, the list of significant problems to which the baby boom is willfully ingnorant includes, but is not limited to the following: criminal behavior in the financial sector resulting the financial collapse of the country; torture and secret prisons; drone killings without a war; indefinite detention in Gitmo; the costs of the mistaken Iraq War.

    Both political parties are complicit in encouraging the baby boom’s willful ignorance. Big corporate money controls the congress. Congress overlooks the obvious and glaring problems listed above. The result is cynicism and acceptance of a dysfunctional America.

  2. Submitted by Jim Mork on 06/26/2013 - 03:02 pm.

    What Changed

    In recent times, with so much of the world engulfed in conflict, the open arms policy for refugees has given those with dangerous intentions a broad channel to take up residence from which they can plot actions against the peaceful citizens of the country. The Tsarnevs are only the most blatant examples. They were militants that the Dagestan government considered persons of interest. So they asked to emigrate here as “political refugees”. Trouble is, their associations made them more dangerous here than in Eurasia.

    Anyway, if we were less eager to show our “compassion” to those who harbor a religious hatred for our Christian majority, maybe there’d be less to spy on. We’re overdue on looking at all policies related to domestic security. Perhaps tightening up elsewhere will make surveillance less important.

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