Redefining English: Senator Feinstein Says The Press Needs To Stop Calling Patriot Act Surveillance Program A 'Surveillance Program'

from the wow dept

It's no secret that the intelligence community tries to give the "least untruthful" answers by basically redefining the English language. In an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today, in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA boss Keith Alexander and Deputy Attorney General James Cole all got to talk up how important spying on everyone is, there was an incredible moment in which Intelligence Committee boss Senator Dianne Feinstein scolded not these bosses of the surveillance program, but the press for calling it a surveillance program. Yes, you read that right. We'll add the clipped video once it's available, but she argued that the Patriot Act's Section 215, which has been interpreted to allow for the collection of phone records on every phone call is NOT a surveillance program because it just "collects metadata." She suggests that it's unfair to call this surveillance program a surveillance program. That's because she's either lying or doesn't understand what metadata reveals.

So we have a simple request. Since metadata is no big deal and it's not surveillance, when will Senator Feinstein release all of the metadata on all of the phone calls to and from her various offices, mobile phones and home phones?


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:37pm

    my senator is incompetent

    There should be a rule somewhere that allows a congressional candidate to be removed from office when more than half the country recognizes their blatant incompetence.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:41pm

    If metadata was as limited and harmless as Feinstein and others portray it, the NSA and FBI wouldn't be fighting so hard to keep it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:43pm

    Double plus good!

    Newspeak here we come.

     

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    sorrykb (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:44pm

    I'm open to new names

    NSA Friends, Family, and Strangers Super Sharers Program?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:52pm

    Would she prefer "Illegal Spying Program"? I'm sure most of the media would quite obligingly switch to that.

    Or how about "Fourth Amendment Violating Program"? I'm sure reporters would cheerfully use that instead as well.

    Perhaps "Track everyone you called, when you called them, what locations the two of you were at at the time of the call, and how long you talked with them Program"?

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:53pm

    If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    Oh, different then, eh?

    But it SPIES like a spy agency, with tentacles all over the web like a spy agency; collects and collates every possible detail to track persons like a creepy spy agency, potential blackmail material besides industrial espionage or stock market insider trading, and it's secretive like a spy agency...

     

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    Bill Marsh, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:54pm

    Remember when...

    Remember how stubborn the Bush administration was about listing who attended an Energy summit at the White House? Wouldn't that now be called "metadata"?

     

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    Internet Zen Master (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 12:58pm

    Hey California!

    Could you PLEASE vote this old lady out of office the next time she's up for re-election (Preferably replacing her with a candidate who's actually competent when it comes to the Internet/digital world)?

    If she really wants us to stop calling it a surveillance program, then would she mind if we started calling it a domestic spy program instead?

    I'm starting to think the Baby Boomer generation (and Feinstein's generation) are screwing over Gen Y/Millenials, the generation of "digital natives", on purpose...

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Still the idiot

    Again, Blue, if you're so worried about Google, just use a different web service.

    It's not like they can write laws making you do one thing, have a court that secretly interprets the laws another way and can divert Presidential planes off course.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:13pm

    I would expect nothing less from Senator Spystein.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Hey California!

    Could you PLEASE vote this old lady out of office the next time she's up for re-election (Preferably replacing her with a candidate who's actually competent when it comes to the Internet/digital world)?


    She's 80 and was just re-elected last year. So we've got 5 years to go, and doubtful she'll run again then.

     

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    Rikuo (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:14pm

    Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    Insert very simple and easy to understand counter-argument that blue never responds to, with no holding of breath.
    Can't even be bothered anymore to refute you.

     

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    Curmudgeon, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:27pm

    What the press *actually* needs to do is stop calling it the Patriot Act and start calling it the USAPATRIOT Act. It's not like it regulates patriotism. The backronym was chosen so that lazy media would make it look like opponents of the bill were unpatriotic. It worked.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:29pm

    Re:

    Would she prefer "Illegal Spying Program"?


    Precisely. Calling it a "surveillance program" is already being polite and deferential. If this were a program being run by an entity the press dislikes, they'd be using the S-word.

     

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    Scote, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:30pm

    Are GPS trackers metadata?

    By her same "reasoning" she probably also thinks that putting a GPS tracker on a car is not surveillance, either, even though tracking ones location is pretty much the definition of surveillance.

     

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    Joseph Ratliff (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    What's funny (or, not funny)...

    She was re-elected last year, and we've had a few whistle blowers before Snowden report on the NSA.

    Yet, she still got re-elected.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:37pm

    Re: I'm open to new names

    MCI's new name?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:37pm

    Thanks a lot Feinstein. Life was much easier when tool was spelled T-O-O-L.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:42pm

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    I feel for ya, Mike. I really do.

    Just a historical reminder, Mike, Strom Thurmond was in the Senate until he turned 100 and only retired a few months before his death.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Are GPS trackers metadata?

    Free pizza, free pizza!

    Bag 20 $, no pizza without a bag.

    free collection, free collection!

    very intrusive analysis, no collection without analysis.

    Illegal marketing anyone?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:53pm

    Re: Hey California!

    You can't blame the entire state - you can really only blame the portion that are Democrat (hint: most of them).

    The Republicans in California have been desperately trying to vote her out for decades.

     

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    Curious, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:56pm

    Curious

    I wonder what it is Feinstein thinks the NSA have on her? She clearly seems afraid of something. Maybe Anon should dig into her back ground a bit.

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:58pm

    It's called a dilemma.

    The problem is, Feinstein's rivals would also be pro-NSA, pro-surveillance, and would also be anti-gay and anti-women and anti-poor as well. I voted for Feinstein only to vote against worse options.

    Really, there are no good options, and third parties don't have a chance.

    As for Luddite baby-boomers, I've done everything I can to train my parents and their generation to adapt to the internet and use it, and many do. But there are some people that think you're cheating if you're using a Selectric.


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    Not Applicable, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 1:59pm

    Please just take a moment

    Please just take a moment and look at a photo of Senator Dianne Feinstein really take a long hard look, you can easily see that she is a mentally disturbed person

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 2:00pm

    meta?

    I don't care if it's meta... it's still data.

     

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    lfroen (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 2:01pm

    Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    Google obsession hit again?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    "So we've got 5 years to go, and doubtful she'll run again then."

    But what if she's an immortal witch?

     

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    Internet Zen Master (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 2:20pm

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    Well damn. My condolences to the tech companies in California (Google, for one) for being stuck with a senator who should be raising hell over the stuff that the agency which has forced them to violate the trust of the consumer, but is defending that same agency with what feels like every fiber of her old, brittle being.

    It's times like these that I feel like there should be a maximum age limit for politicians.

     

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    FamousDave, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 2:22pm

    Mandatory IQ tests for Congress

    To avoid either the uninformed or moronic comments there should be a mandatory IQ test for all Congressional members / staffers / and candidates.

     

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    FM Hilton, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 2:24pm

    New names for old rackets

    How about everyone's favorite title:

    "Double super-secret probation".

    Hey, if it was good enough for Animal House, it's good enough for America!

     

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    CK20XX, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 2:40pm

    She's Actually Right

    But not for the reason she thinks.

    We do need to stop calling it a surveillance program and start calling it what it really is: a voyeurism fetish.

     

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    CommonSense (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 3:00pm

    Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    They scour the web for any PUBLICLY AVAILABLE data, so that's not spying at all. They go through your data only if you store your data with them, in which case that "accept" you clicked on gave them your permission, and that's not spying at all.

    One HUGE difference is, Google doesn't try to hide what they do, nor do they lie about it.

     

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    Anonymous, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 3:39pm

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    Well, they haven't been trying hard enough. Instead they installed Arnold Schicklegruber as governor.

     

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    Not_Me, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 4:31pm

    I can never figure out...

    are the politicians playing us, and just seeming to be this stupid, or are they really this stupid?

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 4:36pm

    Fire her ass!

    You'd think that the people in her district (Northern California) would not be happy with her performance...

     

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    ottermaton (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 4:39pm

    Re: It's called a dilemma.

    Really, there are no good options, and third parties don't have a chance

    I really hate this attitude, the equivalent of which is saving, "if you vote for a third party you are wasting your vote." I say NO -- if you are voting either Democrat or Republican it is YOU who is wasting your vote since both parties are essentially the same and are only looking to protect themselves.

    It is the classic self fulfilling prophecy.

    If it weren't for attitudes like yours third parties would have a chance.

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 5:17pm

    First-past-the-post. Learn it. Know it. Hate it.

    I really hate this attitude, the equivalent of which is saving, "if you vote for a third party you are wasting your vote."...If it weren't for attitudes like yours third parties would have a chance.

    That is exactly what I'm saying, and while you can fantasize all you want about grassroots attempts to bring in a third party, on a scale like that of California (or even one of it's representative districts) tragedy-of-the-commons will kill your idealistic third-party ambitions. Every. Single. Time.

    It's a weakness of first-past-the-post election systems, which we haven't updated (regarding national representative elections) since we made it.

    Even then, we've gotten good people into office, and they tend to either go bad (e.g. play ball) or go inert (e.g. become useless). So all your effort, even if you did get one of your third-party saviors into office, would probably be moot as he or she got completely walked over for not toeing the line. Even the well-spoken Al Franken has had his sense of humor, along with his human soul, sucked out of him by the process.

    So no. I'm open to solutions, ottermaton, but your line of if you can't organize well enough to get a third-party candidate into office, it's your fault is not going to manifest a voting block large enough to actually succeed. What it might do (if you succeed enough) is throw the election to the other guy, thereby punishing the third-party constituents for even trying. This is why PACs often throw money to third-party candidates that show potential to bleed votes from their primary competitor.

    How the fuck did you get on this boat?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 7:15pm

    Re: Re:

    If this were a program being run by an entity the press dislikes, they'd be using the S-word.

    Correction:
    If the program wasn't being defended by Sen Feinstein, a like-minded liberal, the MSM would be using the S-word.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 8:16pm

    Time for one of the classics

    If she's that concerned with what it's being called(and 'surveillance program' is really being kind compared to some other names I could think of), perhaps she should bone up on her Shakespeare.

    '...What's in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet'


    It doesn't matter what it's called, you're still talking about a constitutional violating, law bending/breaking, based on lies program that pretty much everyone without a stake in it believes should be limited or flat out shut down, with trials and jail-time for those involved.

     

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    JMT (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 8:25pm

    Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    "Oh, different then, eh?"

    Monumentally different. So different I'd have an aneurysm trying to think otherwise.

    "But it SPIES like a spy agency, with tentacles all over the web like a spy agency; collects and collates every possible detail to track persons like a creepy spy agency..."

    Overblown as usual but not entirely incorrect...

    "...potential blackmail material besides industrial espionage or stock market insider trading, and it's secretive like a spy agency..."

    ...and then you steer into paranoid fantasy nonsense without a shred or evidence is history to back you up. No surprise.

    The big differences of course are (1) using Google is entirely optional and (2) Google provides a ton of useful services that are immensely beneficial and enjoyable to millions of people every day. Don't you think government spy agencies fall a bit short on those two points?

     

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    Truth, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 8:35pm

    Re: Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    @CommonSense

    No disrespect, but you really have no idea how the modern web works nor an understanding of how much data actually flows through and to Google (and Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, etc.) even when you are not using their services or search engine. Using their services allows them to know exactly who you are. Otherwise, they still have a damn good idea of who you are anyway based on browsing history and habits, IP address rotation, times of access, etc. none of which require you to even open Google.com or use Gmail. Most ANY page you visit now will have several web beacons that check in with these companies and that is a more than decade old concept. It really is deeper than many know or think.

    Also, she is an idiot that has no place in Congress, like many of them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 8:58pm

    Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    I don't even know how you turn on a computer without folding up into a terrified little paranoid ball.

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 9:35pm

    Just to clarify

    Feinstein's liberalism is not what is informing her position on the surveillance issue.

    Liberalism, even American Liberalism has strong support of the enforcement of fourth- and fifth-amendment protections.

    (Technically, Liberalism has strong support of Second-amendment protections, being pro-liberty, but that is a moral panic issue amongst many that is indulged by American Liberalism.)


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    ottermaton (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 10:15pm

    Re: First-past-the-post. Learn it. Know it. Hate it.

    while you can fantasize all you want

    Why, thank you. I think I shall.
     
    “Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events." - Robert Heinlein

    I won't even bother to reply to the rest of your screed. I choose to go have fun.

    PS: the boat I am on its a nice, little, perfectly adequate sailboat. Yours, however, looks to be a rusty old oil tanker thats been heading toward an iceberg for a long time and won't change course. Good luck with that!

     

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    beltorak (profile), Sep 26th, 2013 @ 10:39pm

    So we have a simple request. Since metadata is no big deal and it's not surveillance, when will Senator Feinstein release all of the metadata on all of the phone calls to and from her various offices, mobile phones and home phones?


    Let's not forget, we can also access her family's phone records, doctor appointment times, shopping habits, etc etc. (Does she have grandchildren? How often were they late to school?) Same for all of their friends / schoolmates / collegues.

    After all, if 2-3 hops is relevent enough for the NSA, then it should be relevent enough for the proponents of this "no-really-it's-not-I-tell-you surveillance program".

    I couldn't think of a better time to be watching CSPAN and have someone extrapolate when her youngest granddaughter started her first period.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2013 @ 11:17pm

    It is what it is

    I hate having to call this delusional old bat "Senator" too, but I don't deny it no matter how ill it makes me feel.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Sep 27th, 2013 @ 4:32am

    Re: I'm open to new names

    Because sharing is caring!

     

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    Ninja (profile), Sep 27th, 2013 @ 4:36am

    Re: Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    It's how he faps. Notice how he seldom replies anything after mentioning Google in an unrelated article. Have to clean up, right?

    On a side note that was gross. =/

     

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    Mega1987 (profile), Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:09am

    Uh.... what?

    Don't call the Patriot Act Surveillance Program a "surveillance program"? Then what is PASP if it's not a surveillance program? a Survey Program?

     

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    known coward, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:24am

    This is one of the bad things about having a democrat as president.

    Deep in your heart, you all know if Mr. Obama were still a senator he would be screaming bloody murder about these programs, how much they infringe on the rights of Americans and need to be stopped now. He would be right of course.

    But when you are a Chief Executive, you want wield supreme executive power to do your job. Your responsible for the safety of the nation from enemy attack. You want to know what your enemies foreign or domestic are up too, and will do anything to stay one step ahead of them, in order to do complete your first mandate. Make sure no group of putz’s drive a few planes and/or trucks into a few office buildings including the pentagon and white house.

    The republicans for the most part are more supportive of a police state than the demorcats. They are not going to say “no don’t spy on foreigners” they usually support it in the first place. Now with the democrats in power and wanting to stay in power, they will support the demands of the police state so another 9/11 does not happen during their term

     

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    Pragmatic, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:59am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Uh, why are you suggesting that Democrat = Liberal? It's not true. In fact, it's never been true. Didn't you do history at school?

     

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    Pragmatic, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 6:05am

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    Perhaps they should field candidates who can do a good job instead of party apparatchiks who do what their handlers tell them for fear of being primaried.

    This is the party that put Mitt Romney up for election. Their presidential candidate lineup was a joke. Obama sailed back in on that. Here's a hint: become more democratic and let party candidates think for themselves instead of choosing the most "ideologically pure" ones. Result: better candidates, better America. Or you can continue down the authoritarian line... good luck with that.

     

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    BikerVet, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 7:27am

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    She'll run again. She's like a female Strom Thurmond. She doesn't know anything else and thinks she is too important to the system to step down.

     

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    jsf (profile), Sep 27th, 2013 @ 7:52am

    Sounds like a project I worked on years ago where one of the participants said the following with a straight face.

    "Just because it is on the requirements list doesn't mean it is required."

    I asked them if the understood what the word "required" meant. At which point they got up and walked out to of the room.

     

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    slave #542, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 8:20am

    Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    ootb, I'm not going to give you any crap. instead I choose to say that life is short and I'm going to just do what I can to enjoy it the best I can.

    screw google.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 8:23am

    Re:

    This country has only one party. The two sides each have different talking points that they use to get them elected, but they're all bought and paid for, too often by the same corporations. They all want "empire" so it's a lose-lose situation.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 8:54am

    Re: Just to clarify

    You're doing some heavy verbal gymnastics to say:
    Technically, Liberalism has strong support of Second-amendment protections, being pro-liberty, but that is a moral panic issue amongst many that is indulged by American Liberalism.


    Sen Feinstein's liberal bias (same as the MSM) is the ONLY thing that is driving her actions.

    "Conceal Carry Permit" Feinstein is fighting like hell to prevent me from having the same liberty she enjoys.

    "Senator Dianne Feinstein (D - CA), author of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to bring back the legislation since it expired in 2004."

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Sep 27th, 2013 @ 9:55am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Your correction is incorrect on multiple counts: The mainstream press' bias is not toward liberalism, it is toward corporatism. Also, Feinstein tends to be strongly disliked by liberals in any case.

    Liberals are just as outraged as conservatives over this kind of stuff, so I'm not even sure what you bring that up as a distinction.

     

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    Anonymous, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    So, neither conservatives nor liberals keep voting for her, or just what is your point?

     

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    Anonymous, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:40pm

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    They're all the freaking same.

     

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    Anonymous, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:41pm

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    "Do" history?

     

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    Anonymous, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hey California!

    I prefer anarchy.

     

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    Bill Stewart, Sep 27th, 2013 @ 5:44pm

    Re: my senator is incompetent

    DiFi's not incompetent. She's got much different objectives than you or I do, and so far the government's doing things her way rather than ours, so if anybody's incompetent.... And she hasn't had a serious primary-election challenger in years, and has gotten the Republicans to run lightweights like Elizabeth Emken against her, instead of anybody who's going to be a real threat. (Her last serious challenger was probably Arianna Huffington's now-ex-husband Michael in 1994.)

    Now, if you want to call her "evil", I'm just fine with that. But California's got a strong Democratic Party majority, so she can get away with supporting wars and hating the parts of the Constitution that Democrats like just as much as the parts that Republicans like, and the Democrats will figure that electing an actual Republican isn't going to be an improvement. I wish her a happy retirement, as soon as possible.

     

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    RJOGuillory, Sep 29th, 2013 @ 11:36am

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    ...or how about we call it "let's convict and hang everyone involved , everyone who knew, every member of government that had knowledge of the NSA activities or lies...Program"....

    Regards,

    RJ O'Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves - The Life of an Insane Family

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Sep 29th, 2013 @ 11:38am

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    My point is that the notion of a liberally biased mainstream press is false, and that the reason that Feinstein takes the positions she does has nothing to do with liberalism.

    The "correction" did have one thing right: Feinstein and the mainstream press are of like minds when it comes to the spying, but their shared ideology is corporatist, not liberalism.

    I was making no comment about why people vote for her -- that has more to do with the tribal warfare between Democrats and Republicans than with liberals vs conservatives.

     

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    CommonSense (profile), Sep 30th, 2013 @ 9:27am

    Re: Re: Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    I know full well how the modern web works, and unless you take action to prevent cookies and those other beacons you speak of, then yes they broadcast or what have you and take note of limited information unless you are signed in and agreed to it. The thing is, unless you have a static IP or something like that to where your electronic signature is always the same, then they only collect enough info to follow you around for a session, and only on such pages. Honestly though, I assume people in general (at least those on this site) are aware now of how much data CAN flow through such sites, and that they understand about browser add-ons to block them if that's their desire. But, my point is still valid that Google does not try to hide or lie about what they do...(unless commanded to do so by the feds I guess..)

     

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