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What do you think is more important right now - (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?
Originally posted by MrPenny
...or is that a somewhat slanted question?
The headline blazing across the Washinton Post this morning reads: "Poll: Most Americans Support NSA’s Efforts."
It was written by Richard Morin
So before the phone records story even breaks, Morin — who knows absolutely what he is doing — starts polling people who have no idea what he’s talking about and giving it his best shot, tying it to the War on Terra. It works. Today it’s plastered across the front page of the washingtonpost.com
As eRiposte has noted, in a CBS/NYT poll earlier this year this was one of the questions posed.
In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, would you be willing or not willing to allow government agencies to monitor the telephone calls and e-mails of ordinary Americans on a regular basis?
At that time 70% responded "no." A rather strong indication that a lot has to do with how these particular questions are worded.
Originally posted by SkeptiOverlord
I'm shocked by this. It seems that all the ramping up of "fear mongering" has had the expected result of creating a populace that woudl surrender fundamental rights for perceived notion of safety.