Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It’s true. TV’s will be watching and listening too, even when they’re “off”.
    So, then people say, well, if you’re doing nothing wrong why should I worry?
    That’s not the POINT!
    Do you HAVE to be doing something wrong in ORDER for it to BE wrong?
    Things you’ll be doing while not doing anything wrong: Having conversations. Walking around when not fully clothed, etc.
    Is THAT ok with you guys? I would say NOT! It’s time for Big Brother to take a hike and regain our privacy!
    Liberal’s spin on this in 3…2…1…

  2. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    I asked a couple of days ago, got some answers and thanks for that.
    But how is the current situation worse than GWB’s “Patriot Act” that stripped you Americans of privacy?
    I’m not really a libertarian, but it does seem to be a good example of what happens when you give up a liberty and rights. Takes a long time to be returned, if ever.
    Question is whether your more conservative party will be even worse the next time at seizing power in the name of liberty.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “At this point in time, this silly privacy crap is of no interest to me.”

    I must assume that you wouldn’t care if the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution was scrapped. It appears to be a right you’re not concerned with. Would you become concerned if freedom of the press or speech were restricted? Perhaps, you would object if “they” prohibited the free exercise of of your religion as delineated in the First Amendment. Or perhaps we should allow a zealous government official to decide who should be held accountable for a “capital, or otherwise infamous crime” as defined in the Fifth Amendment. Or trial by jury as written in the Sixth Amendment Oh, I forgot. They’re already not doing those. Drone executions.

    I’m not trying to be snide here, Adrian, but it seems you are trying to put your priorities about constitutional rights as those that are correct. Others believe differently and try to do the same thing on their disfavored parts of the Constitution. If all of us were allowed to reject those parts of the Constitution that we found undesirable under some circumstances we would have no Constitution and no rights.

  4. Ajax 4Hire

    Ajax 4Hire said, over 3 years ago

    Jay Leno: ‘We Wanted a President That Listens to All Americans – Now We Have One’

  5. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Where do you get the idea that we liked it when Bush did it? Is that your lame excuse that it’s ok for Obama to do it? Obama took something that was bad to begin with and made it FAR FAR worse!

  6. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Those willing to give up freedom for security will not have, nor deserve either one”. – Benjamin Franklin

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Rachel Maddow did a very good history on this program and its evolution. While the use of liberal sources is usually as productive as the use of conservative sources, in this case, Ms. Maddow is as angry about these overreaches as most concerned Americans.
    I agree with Mikefive’s reply to Mr. Snare in that while our last president and this one are probably not using these tools improperly in an “ends justify means” kind of way, that does not mean these tools will not be used more malignantly by future administrations.
    My thanks to the PianoGuy for quoting Benjamin Franklin. England’s “star chamber” courts that made secret rulings on the lives of citizens was known to the founders and much disliked. I am certain that Franklin, Adams, Washington and Jefferson would be disappointed with the path our gov’t is taking and the way our legislators are behaving in general.

  8. David B

    David B said, over 3 years ago

    I remember that we, Independents, were shouted down while we complained about Bush doing it. Now we are racists if we complain about Obama doing it? It’s just wrong to blanket everyone for surveillance. I’m white, but I disliked Bush as much as I dislike Obama. Why am I racist for disliking Obama?

  9. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, over 3 years ago

    Ms Benson has always been a Right wing whack job, it’s no surprise that she objected to the efforts to limit the Patriot Act under Bush, and complains about the use of the limited act under Obama.

    Of course, the cartoon is illogical – about what you would expect from a right wing ditz. The fact that at present the only thing being turned over to NSA is the call records; actually monitoring the conversations would require another court order.

    And yea, as a Liberal, I find even this limited surveillance disturbing, even more disturbing than the shoddy sketching of a NeoCon.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    First, the “Patriot Act” never should have passed as written and signed into law. Both Republicans and Democrats with no courage to truly stand for American and Constitutional principles, instead of fear, were to blame. The act needs to be rescinded, or at least severely restricted in its reach.

    Obama’s folks HAVE used the FISA court as required for this component of the act. And it seems pointless to try to clarify, but the metadata collected by NSA DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY WIRETAPPING OF CONVERSATIONS OR TEXT!

    Congresspersons, both left and right have stated they’re concerned about “personal freedoms”, but still support efforts to intercept terrorist cells trying to coordinate attacks on America. Technology has created complications the authors of the Constitution couldn’t have dreamed of, which is exactly why they wrote in ways to amend this LIVING document, to change with, or meet with, “changing times and needs”.

    It’s interesting that “conservatives” who criticize Obama for trying to analyze both sides of issues before taking action, want it “both ways” on issues such as this, where if Bush did it, it’s okay, but if Obama does the same thing (but WITH court approval) it’s wrong.

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “The fact that at present the only thing being turned over to NSA is the call records; actually monitoring the conversations would require another court order.”

    By your remark (and others), they have already done the heavy lifting here. They have established credibility to do the surveillance, now it is just a matter of when they will change the rules and make it more egregious. Great societies typically don’t just burn overnight, they deteriorate and erode the core of their independence and personal freedoms until they have a police state. it was one of the greatest concerns of the founders of our country…

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    Except that it would appear that our politicians have given them up for us.

    I don’t refer here to Obama; this has been going on for a long time. People’s attention spans have gotten so short they depend on others to remind them of things, but one can’t count on the reminders being accurate.

    I’m old, but my memory works fine.

  13. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    I would be curious as to your source of information on the FISC since their proceedings and their results are secret. Also,how you came to know that the DOJ complied with the FISA under the Obama administration and did everything WITH court approval.

    As for discounting the metadata on telephone calls, an incredible amount of information can be gleaned from the number, duration, and frequency of calls without knowing the call’s content. Why do you think the DOJ wanted that reporter’s “metadata”?

  14. foxwilly

    foxwilly said, over 3 years ago

    If we have another terror attack you will hear “where was the FBI, the CIA”, how come the government can’t stop terrorism? People want security both don’t want the price they have to pay. Can’t have it both ways, give me security.

  15. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    Why are you so interested in Germany?
    Have you ever been there?
    I haven’t. The last time I was in Europe was about four decades ago, and I visited as a small child and then returned home.

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