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  1. I’ve seen those stickers on phones in Madison, Wis., too, when the Thought Police (or AT&T) haven’t removed them.

  2. Doesnt bother me, i dont do anything wrong so they can listen all they want. And if listening could in any way shape or form stop another 9/11 from happening by all means listen away.

  3. I complettely agree with Oje. I mean, I do nothing wrong, so the government should be able to just walk into my living room and sit down without knocking. I’ll send them a key. Maybe they can install some cameras in my home, that’s be just great. If theere was just some way that we could get one half of teh population to just follow the other half arround, making sure thay dont do bad, that’d be great. And if the one half should make an effort to struggle against this, we’ll just kill them all, obviously they had ill intent in their hearts.

    man, my eyes have been opened, I have nothing to fear, so long as I always do what my goverment tells me to do. I can stop thinking now! Oh, what a relief. I suddenly feel like going and watching FOX News for a while. And while I do it, I’ll use these binoculars to watch my neighbors, they look middle eastern. Cant trust those types.

  4. “Doesnt bother me, i dont do anything wrong so they can listen all they want. And if listening could in any way shape or form stop another 9/11 from happening by all means listen away.”

    What if there comes a day when citizens must do something the government considers wrong for good and proper reasons? Then perhaps you will wish you had fought against unwarranted intrusions into individual privacy.

  5. I could use one of those for my house phone–I was actually being tapped for a while. And I’m a pacifist with no criminal record! The best I could figure is the feds were tapping me because I was covering the anti-war movement at the time, and they wanted one of my sources. I altered between being annoyed–how dare they listen in on a conversation that, in most states, is as confidential as a lawyer-client or doctor-patient conversation–and being flattered–I didn’t know that my work was getting that kind of attention.

    I’m seeing the potential for some fun with these stickers…

  6. Oje,

    Do you really trust politicians, connected officials, and those in power, with no checks and balances, to not abuse their power?

    Here are a few examples you may not have thought of:

    Select loyal government agents listen in on the dealings of certain companies that “might have a connection to terrorism”. This listening in will never become public or judicial knowledge, since it would harm the interests of national security. Those agents, through their friends and the politicians that promoted them, make a few investments based on the “tips”. But this sort of thing probably would never really happen.

    The executive branch, concerned that commies or terrorists have ties to congress, taps in on congresscritters. Finding that they have campaign contributions from the above mentioned companies, the Pres, or some of his cabinet, decides to do a little sneak and peak.

  7. Another example.

    Walmart wants to open a new store…only the property they want is already inhabited, and the owners don’t want to sell. They have some (bought and paid for) friends in the white house. It would be a lot easier to convince the owner to sell, if it became uncomfortable to stay put. He might be a terrorist, afterall, he looks arabic.

    Oje, you have to realize that public officials (FBI, police, the city council, etc.) cannot be trusted to protect your rights and freedom. Their motivations are often contrary to yours, even if you are innocent.

    Another thing you miss is that you break the law every single day. There are so many laws, codes, and regulations, that you cannot possibly be clean all the time. Laws without the proper checks on the enforcers (by the people or at least another branch of gov’t) are an open invitation to selectively target any individual for any reason.

    Combine this with no-knock raids, and you have a police state – Germany 1939.

  8. While it is a breach of privacy, I’m sure they would stop tapping me if they heard the boring conversations that I would be having. :)

    That said Mike R does have a serious point about this. It’s got a good idea at all and will ultimately end badly if something isn’t done.

  9. “Another thing you miss is that you break the law every single day. There are so many laws, codes, and regulations, that you cannot possibly be clean all the time. Laws without the proper checks on the enforcers (by the people or at least another branch of gov’t) are an open invitation to selectively target any individual for any reason.”

    Yes, I assume that I am always breaking the law at all times. What law? I don’t know. Probably the same ones that most other folks are also breaking too.

    Remember about the law against annoying someone anonymously on the internet? I guess we have all done that at some point. I’m not anonymous right now though. (Just in case I do annoy you.)

    I here people say, “I don’t do anything illegal.” or “I have never committed a felony.” And I think, “How are you so sure about that.