Sunday, February 12, 2006

Come on, Baby, tap my wire

I know that being in the majority of opinion about any matter does make one right. However, here is a press release from the ABA about a recent poll regarding wiretapping:
CHICAGO, Feb.10, 2006 – According to a poll commissioned by the American Bar Association and released today, 52 percent of respondents said that in the fight against terrorism, the President of the United States alone cannot suspend constitutional freedoms, with an additional 25 percent saying he must obtain authorization by a court of law or Congress. Thus 77 percent of Americans express deep reservations about the president’s secret surveillance program.

The telephone poll conducted by Harris Interactive® over the past weekend found that only 18 percent of respondents believe the president can suspend constitutional freedoms "anytime the President thinks it is necessary to protect the country."

"While everyone agrees on the need for aggressive deterrence of terrorism, the disclosure of unchecked domestic spying by the president is deeply troubling to many Americans," said ABA President Michael S. Greco, who released the poll results today in a news conference during the ABA’s 2006 Midyear Meeting in Chicago.

"Our Founders gave us a government that can act swiftly in times of danger, but also protect our basic freedoms. It’s very encouraging that Americans understand and insist on preserving that balance," he said.

Clearly, Greco said, the poll results demonstrate that Americans are deeply interested in and alarmed by issues raised by secret spying on citizens’ communications by the National Security Agency. "It is a time when we should be having conversations about our constitutional freedoms as well as our security," he said. He invited members of the public to download their own free copy of the Constitution and learn more about the Constitution and presidential war powers at http://abaconstitution.org, and to express their own views on domestic surveillance in a separate poll available there.

And isn't about time for those left who idolize President Bush to think about what a free America truly means?

2 Comments:

At 9:41 PM, Blogger -epm said...

Despite the numbers cited here, I have little faith the American public (present company excepted and not including Anvilcloud in whom I have tremendous respect and faith, but who is, well, Canadian). The American hoi polloi are responsible for the mess we're in now. Well, 51% of them are.

I really should just grab a Saulding volleyball and buy myself and island in the South Pacific. I'm feeling very "screw 'em all" this weekend. The Americans wanted Bush, the Canadians Harper... fine.... good luck with that. I'll be getting trim and tan and talking to a volleyball somewhere between Fiji and Hawaii.

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

epm,

I felt like that myself this past weekend. I spent a fair amount of time dreaming of a beach in Kauai.

 

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