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  1. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing said, 6 months ago

    Key holes & listening ears…a sad day when USA is seen this way. What has happened since 2008 is Obama—the “Nowhere Man”.

  2. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 6 months ago

    @mrs1wing

    Ahem


    The US was seen in a much worse light a few years back. The NSA revelations haven’t changed it much. We non-Americans understand spying is done by everyone; I think a few allies’ leaders and citizens may have been taken aback by the extent this spying was taking place on them, and for economic reasons no less, not security.
    Personally, I’m not at all surprised. I await the day when more revelations come to light that show how much other states spy on each others’ leaders, too, including attempts on your leader and your country’s economic comings & goings.
    And while I raise a surprised eyebrow at all the surprise generated, no, I don’t condone the spying.

  3. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 6 months ago

    @mrs1wing

    The depths of empty partisan bile spewed and believed by so-called “conservatives” never ceases to amaze me.

    The NSA was created in 1952 by Truman. It’s expansions of power were voted on by Congress. It’s expansion of powers were approved by Congress. Nearly every single member of Congress voted to ratify the Patriot act, not just Obama. The more recent extension was also ratified by Congress. In fact, only four Republicans voted against extending provisions of the Patriot act. (Two abstained.)

    http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/senate/1/84

    So what exactly do you mean by your comment?

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 6 months ago

    Why are Republicans trying to pin the blame solely on Obama? Only 4 Senate Republicans voted against extending provisions of the Patriot Act. Two abstained. Only 31 out of 240 House Republicans voted against it. 13 abstained.

    http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/senate/1/84

    http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/house/1/376

  5. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 6 months ago

    Since Bush, jr and Obama DID the exact same things, some people have trouble distinguishing between their actions.


    For Obamabots, Bush, jr started illegal wiretaps, but no one told Obama before that traitor Snowden. Obama immediately called for Snowden’s arrest, issued an international warrant that should be honoured by every member of the UN (but was ignored by China and Russia), and proclaimed that he had stopped all those illegal wiretaps (and every Obamabot believes him, even if Die Führie von Deutschland, who is clearly a threat to the US, does not). And besides, Bush, jr’s wiretaps did not stop a single terrorist plot, while Obama’s have stopped hundreds and saved millions of lives.


    For Tea types, Bush, jr kept us all safe by paternally watching over us while we slept, preventing hundreds of terrorist attacks and saving millions of lives, while Obama has just been illegally and salaciously snooping on us in our bedrooms, and has failed to stop a single terrorist, but, after the NSA told him about their e-mails, probably saw to it that those Muslims in Boston got the best possible pressure cookers for their attack.


    And most people either watch only the Obamabot MSM and see that they’re 100% right, with 100% of the facts on their side, or they only watch Foxnews, and see that they’re 100% right, with 100% of the facts on their side.

  6. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 6 months ago

    @Michael wme

    …while the rest of the world watches on, bemused, looking at Obama and Bush simply as Americans. They couldn’t care a toss about internal partisanship, they just see American presidents doing the usual.
    shrug

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, 6 months ago

    @olfart

    “That wasn’t the beginning, but it was the beginning of the end.”

    The beginning of the end actually started under Carter with the enactment of Public Law 95-511, 95th Congress, the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978” dated Oct 25, 1978. We’ve gotten to where we are because Clinton made minor changes while Bush and Obama made major changes.

  8. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @mikefive

    Would you consider that changes in technology, as much or more than any administration, have fueled the present situation? I saw a ’toon the other day in which the NSA was depicted as a large out of control dog on a leash pulling the president behind. Probably a pretty accurate description of the situation.

  9. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @olfart

    It didn’t START in 2008, but it was OKAY until then, because it was “their guy” doing it.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, 6 months ago

    “Would you consider that changes in technology, as much or more than any administration, have fueled the present situation?”

    Undoubtedly. I can see the reasoning of “We can now do this so we shall.” that the various administrations approved. I don’t believe the denials of all of the administration officials over the years that they didn’t know the extent of the surveillance. That many administrations couldn’t possibly employ that many incompetent administrators. Stonewall and deny until you have no choice but to admit to it, and then only partially admit or admit with a lot of obfuscation to what you were doing.

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 6 months ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    You think America was seen in a better light a few years ago. Right!

  12. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 6 months ago

    @Jase99

    All true but after the law is passed who is responsible for the proper execution of the laws? The executive branch.

  13. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 6 months ago

    @Michael wme

    Boy your angry at both sides but do you really believe President Obama did not know illegal wire taps were going on. Come on. You do know the wire taps we are talking about are the same ones allowing the FBI and some other people to listen in while the suspects move from one communication device to another right?

  14. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @mikefive

    To be completely honest, I doubt that the upper levels in any administration understood the implications of what was being done. They are not technocrats, so they have to rely on what (and how) this information is presented to them.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @olfart

    It started when the first govt official started following those who did not like how the govt was operating starting with opening up mail.

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