"As long as the rules are conformed with, I think we're OK. The question is whether NSA's really obeying the rules."—John Pike/Oct. 21, 1999 [Fox News]
Government spying is nothing new. There’s the positive aspect of that practice—keeping Americans alive by staying a step ahead of enemy nations.
There’s the negative aspect as well. Listening systems are maintained and used by government employees and contractors. Obviously, when a program is top secret, oversight is a challenge. How do we know our privacy isn’t being trampled?
We have short memories, but considering the current discussion about NSA snooping, it’s useful to recall that we had a similar controversy in the 1990s.
Maybe it’s because I’m Lutheran, but hearing political messages—obvious or implied—in sermons is a given. Lutherans nowadays skew liberal on social issues and immigration is no exception.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if I want access to the Pearly Gates, I should support the new immigration bill S.744 (the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act).
If you’re well versed on immigration matters past and present, you’re keenly aware that after the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, the U.S. government refused to uphold a legal commitment to secure the border. It appears that will not change if a new immigration bill makes its way through both the U.S. House and Senate.
Vice President Joe Biden is famous for self-contradiction, and nothing illustrates that more than his current lack of interest in NSA snooping. That wasn't the case in 2006, when Biden was so concerned about snooping he issued a press release and he also went on TV talk shows to criticize the president.
The latest amnesty bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), has a good chance of passing in the U.S. Senate. Some groups are concerned about the 800+ page bill’s impact on U.S. labor.
Although economic developments in Mexico will have an impact on the U.S. if amnesty passes, no politician promoting the current bill has talked about the matter at all. No media have asked a single question about it either.
Most of us who took to the Web when it was still an infant once viewed Google as a good guy. Those were the good old days.