Sunday, January 08, 2006

We Want Warrants

Well, that settles that turd. Having been asked the right question, most Americans think the government should have a warrant to eavesdrop on international phone calls.
Yet 56 percent of respondents in an AP-Ipsos poll said the government should be required to first get a court warrant to eavesdrop on the overseas calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens when those communications are believed to be tied to terrorism.

The demographics break down interestingly
Nearly two-thirds of those between age 18 to 29 believe warrants should be required, while people 65 and older are evenly divided.

Party affiliation is a factor, too. Almost three-fourths of Democrats and one-third of Republicans want to require court warrants.

And again we get the mindset
Cynthia Ice-Bones, 32, a Republican from Sacramento, Calif., said knowing about the program made her feel a bit safer. ''I think our security is so important that we don't need warrants. If you're doing something we shouldn't be doing, then you ought to be caught,'' she said.

It's the "if you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to worry about" crap again. Going along with that mindset is the assumption that the government would never use such a power inappropriately. Daddy Bush knows what's best.

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