U.S. tapped intimate calls from Ameri...

U.S. tapped intimate calls from Americans overseas, 2 eavesdrop...

There are 17 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 9, 2008, titled U.S. tapped intimate calls from Americans overseas, 2 eavesdrop.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

U.S. intelligence analysts eavesdropped on personal calls between Americans overseas and their families back home and monitored the communications of workers with the Red Cross and other humanitarian ...

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Concerned

Chicago, IL

#1 Oct 10, 2008
So how much were these folks making at their jobs, and most importantly they DID intercept some terorist information. Boot the babies out and give the jobs to people who will take the nature of such an important job seriously.
Nancy Mortonthal

Rockford, IL

#2 Oct 10, 2008
And today Bush, the Constitution abuser, will continue to tell American citizens it is their obligation to bail out Wall Street abusers. Yeah,George is leaving a great legacy, Laura.
LiDu

Maysville, KY

#3 Oct 10, 2008
Is anyone surprised? The Bush administration has shredded the Constitution. The terrorists don't need to destroy the United States. Our government is doing it for them, and Americans stand apathetically by because we want to feel "safe."
Nancy Mortonthal

Rockford, IL

#4 Oct 10, 2008
LiDu wrote:
Is anyone surprised? The Bush administration has shredded the Constitution. The terrorists don't need to destroy the United States. Our government is doing it for them, and Americans stand apathetically by because we want to feel "safe."
Yes, Bush and the Republicans have shredded the Constitution. McCain and Palin used it as confetti at their nominating convention.
Disgusted

Manteno, IL

#5 Oct 10, 2008
Concerned wrote:
So how much were these folks making at their jobs, and most importantly they DID intercept some terorist information. Boot the babies out and give the jobs to people who will take the nature of such an important job seriously.
So we just shred the Constitution to monitor everyone, whether they are suspects or not? What are you- KGB?
Amazed

United States

#6 Oct 10, 2008
Concerned wrote:
So how much were these folks making at their jobs, and most importantly they DID intercept some terorist information. Boot the babies out and give the jobs to people who will take the nature of such an important job seriously.
What information did they intercept? Blind devotion and unsupported claims do not further the discussion.

“Death to humans!”

Since: Jul 08

A long way from here...

#7 Oct 10, 2008
And we should be surprised by this? Give the government an inch, they'll walk all over you.

Are Bush and Republicans to blame? Sure, but Democrats were on board, too. Neither one of those parties (as a whole) has respect for the Constitution. They just vary on which parts of it to use as toilet paper.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#8 Oct 10, 2008
Hello? We're at war and desperate times call for these kinds of measures. If monitoring these calls leads to enhanced security and more saved American lives, then all the ACLU-types need to drink deeply from the "shut up fountain".
Kill Liberals

Dolton, IL

#11 Oct 10, 2008
So what, we're at war you naive fools! Besides, what might you be hiding?
Andreas

Chicago, IL

#13 Oct 10, 2008
Saluki Rod and Kill Liberals: Please post your home address, phone number, where you work, what car you drive and social security number so that I can closely monitor your activities.. You don't have anything to hide, do you?

If you don't see the problems of this program, then go back to your couch and resume watching Fox News - you have been too brainwashed by the BushCo to realize how dangerous this is.

no amount of effort is going to make you

“Death to humans!”

Since: Jul 08

A long way from here...

#14 Oct 10, 2008
Kill Liberals wrote:
So what, we're at war you naive fools! Besides, what might you be hiding?
Hiding? Nothing. But my private affairs should remain private. The Constitution specifically provides protection against this kind of government intrusion, yet it is completely ignored.

I'm not a liberal, and I'm not a conervative. I just believe in preserving the limits placed on the government by the Constitution. Warrantless wiretapping is most definitely a violation of the 4th Amendment. If they have reason to believe someone is conducting terrorist activities, go get a warrant, and then listen in. But don't continue these random invasions of privacy.
Cyclone

Chicago, IL

#15 Oct 10, 2008
Just another excuse to wipe one's rear end with the Constitution in the name of "fighting terrorism".

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." I wonder how far the American people will let that go. For the average idiot, probably pretty far, as long as their episode of "American Idol" doesn't get interrupted.

“Death to humans!”

Since: Jul 08

A long way from here...

#16 Oct 10, 2008
Kill Liberals wrote:
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**** on the constitution during times of war.
I guess we could also suspend the right to keep and bear arms during a time of war, right? After all, there could be terrorists with guns in ANY house in America.

I am a HUGE supporter of Second Amendment rights, by the way. I definitely do NOT want to take guns away - I'm just illustrating a point.
Bob Loblaw

United States

#17 Oct 10, 2008
Saluki Rod and Kill Liberals: Your mentality, along with others that disrespect the Constitution, do not deserve to call themselves Americans. Moreover, you are the opposite of a Patriot. Without the Constitution, we would live in a dictatorship.

Regarding communication intercepts, there are obviously better, more constitutional means to monitor targeted transmissions. This should be automated, only requiring human intervention when keywords are tripped. This would conform with the Bill of Rights' Unreasonable Search and Seizure amendment.
Bob

Joliet, IL

#18 Oct 10, 2008
It is NOT the policy of the US to monitor civilan calls. If a couple of nitwits do, prosecute them.

I was an intercept operator. You can wind up listening to some calls, not realizing they're benign until they're over. There's no software package that weeds out terrorists conversations vs. civilian calls. It's not like you can be a linguist and a mind reader and simply ignore the conversations before they start.

Even if they were recorded (many are), operators are instructed to erase them if they're civilian calls.

This is like saying the official police policy is to ignore civil rights, just because a few bad eggs do.

How many times is some moron like Rockefeller going to beat this dead horse? Go fix the economy.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#19 Oct 10, 2008
Bob Loblaw wrote:
Saluki Rod and Kill Liberals: Your mentality, along with others that disrespect the Constitution, do not deserve to call themselves Americans. Moreover, you are the opposite of a Patriot. Without the Constitution, we would live in a dictatorship.
Regarding communication intercepts, there are obviously better, more constitutional means to monitor targeted transmissions. This should be automated, only requiring human intervention when keywords are tripped. This would conform with the Bill of Rights' Unreasonable Search and Seizure amendment.
Wow! You and Andreas watch a lot of Lee Marvin movies, don't you?
wrecksracer

United States

#20 Oct 10, 2008
What I want to know is whether they were touching themselves while listening to these intimate calls. They're a bunch of beat officers. It's pathetic. On the tax payers' dime.

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