Friday, May 12, 2006

They're Probably Worried About That Saddam/Al-Qaeda Link

Prepare to be depressed. Again. I'm hoping that these dreaming sheep get a clue, and soon. This makes me wonder if Bush's doleful approval ratings are just because Americans feel he's not killing enough Iraqis, not turning the U.S. into a police state fast enough.

The Washington Post and ABC News ran a poll on the NSA monitoring program:

A majority of Americans initially support a controversial National Security Agency program to collect information on telephone calls made in the United States in an effort to identify and investigate potential terrorist threats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.

A slightly larger majority--66 percent--said they would not be bothered if NSA collected records of personal calls they had made, the poll found.

Underlying those views is the belief that the need to investigate terrorism outweighs privacy concerns. According to the poll, 65 percent of those interviewed said it was more important to investigate potential terrorist threats "even if it intrudes on privacy." Three in 10--31 percent--said it was more important for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats.

Half--51 percent--approved of the way President Bush was handling privacy matters.


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