What Obama isn't saying about surveillance

June 21, 2013 

You have to wonder why it took so long for the president to speak out on the NSA surveillance program. It takes time to engineer a statement that sounds good but has no meaning.

So what did the president say? "No one is listening to your phone conversations or reading your texts." Of course they aren't. That would take millions of agents to do that. Although that would create a lot of jobs, but so far that has not been a priority.

Now I am not one of those people who was OK with President Bush's surveillance and against Obama's. I personally like being safe from terrorists.

But here is was the president didn't say: Computers are recording and analyzing all of our phone conversations and texts searching for key words. If those key words are used, then the phone calls or texts are further examined and if the right strings are used, the subpoenas are issued and the calls are listened to and the texts are read.

The difference between what the NSA is doing now and could be doing is the words and phrases that they are on alert for. The danger is, this technology could very easily be used to affect elections.

Our president is very good at deceiving us, but that's because he is so much smarter than us.

Paul Mohme

Collinsville

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