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What would happen if 300 million American men, women and children wrote to the NSA to ask if they were being spied on?

Outside of giving the Postal service fits, who knows?

So why don't we try it and find out?

The idea hit me while watching Illinois Senator Dick Durbin in one of
the more incredible exchanges with Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez at last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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In the middle of his questioning, Durbin turned toward the Gallery and referenced a constituent who had written to the NSA hoping to find out if he was being watched. After 6 letters, he got a response saying the NSA would neither confirm or deny he was being spied on. Of course now that he's brought himself to their attention....

Anyway, the point is this:
The latest polls indicate that nearly half of all Americans either think
it's okay for the president to break the law, or they are just being
sucked into the mass media propaganda campaign designed to influence their opinion.

The media is certainly not doing their job of reporting the news on this issue. They keep writing what the President says. That is not news. News is the actual difference between what Bush or Cheney et al say and what the known facts in evidence already are.

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As long as the headlines keep repeating Bush's deceptive propaganda that it's okay to illegally spy on terrorists, the fifty percent who are buying into it will never understand there is already a legal way to do just that. It's called the FISA court.

And if the president is afraid to put his program in front of the FISA
court, there can be only one explanation. It's not legal.
Remember it's not just the FISA Court he's circumventing. Even his own acting Attorney General James Comey is reported to have refused signing off on this program. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I submit that when the folks who mix the Kool Aid stop pouring it, that's a sign something is not right in Bushdom.

So let's all get out a pen and paper or set up in front of the old
computer keyboard and tap out a little note to the NSA:

Dear National Security Agency,

It has recently come to my attention that you might be spying on
innocent Americans without their knowledge or a warrant to do so.

Would you please do me a big favor then and let me know if I am one of the Americans you are spying on?

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Last I checked, the constitution was supposed to protect me from such activity and if it no longer does, I would certainly appreciate the heads up.

In the meantime, feel free to keep listening to the bad guys, but please leave me out of it. Life is tough enough without having to watch every word I say on the cell phone. Jeez, you'd think we lived in the Soviet Union or something.

Thank you for your service to our country.

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