posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 05:03 AM
I can speak as someone who was monitored via the phone and internet for almost 6 months because I told a friend that I was listening to a song called
"kill the president". The words Kill and President, when used together, will cause a wiretap on your home phone line. Firstly, the song was
written when Reagan was in office, and secondly, it's a fuçking song. I had my lines tapped for six months for listening to a song.
You might think that having conversations monitored isn't a big deal unless you have something to hide. Imagine when you're on the phone, trying to
sidestep any word that could be misconstrued into having some meaning as either a terrorist activity or any other activity that could harm yourself or
others. For six months, I couldn't discuss current events with my friends here or overseas *cause saying bomb or anthrax will sound worse when
talking to people overseas, I'd imagine*, I couldn't discuss the kind of music I was listening to *Let's see, kill the president, murder the
government, anarchy for sale, etc.* because my line was tapped. The only thing I have to hide is an anarchist flyer with a picture of bush on it
that says "stop me before I kill again" and several racks of cd and vinyl punk albums, all of which are supposed to be protected by freedom of
I am not a patriot. I used to be, I used to believe in this country, but that was several years ago. Then, this PATRIOT Act came along, and I began
to despise Amerika because I can see things getting this bad:
At what point would an invasion of your privacy, stop being alright with you? So you don't mind them listening to your phone calls, would it
be alrght if they took a look at your medical records anytime they wanted to, or perhaps your bank accounts? Would it be alright if they decided there
would be less terrorism if they installed listening devices in everyones home? Then they decide too much terrorism going on they must be writing
notes, ok its time to bring in the cameras, no room without one you will only write notes on the toilet paper if they leave one out of the bathroom,
and then no pillow talk should go unheard and then lets pass a law that you cannot make love under the covers after all; all that body movement could
just be a ruse for writing down plans to pass on to your terrorist friends. So when is it not alright for them to invade your privacy? After all, your
not doing anything wrong. So why worry?
After all, it's not a big deal unless you have something to hide.
BTW--Mad props on your list goose
Listening to politically charged music and questioning the actions of the government does not make you a terrorist who should be monitored, it makes
you an American who should be commended for doing your civic duty, IMO.
[Edited on 19-1-2004 by kaoszero]