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Federal government spying on journalists using phone records

  1. May 15, 2006 #1
    According to one of ABC's confidential sources, the federal government is using the collected phone records of journalists to find "leaks." This directly contradicts Bush's assertion that "our intelligence activities strictly target al Qaeda and their known affiliates." Since the phone records are probably legal, does this mean that the era of the whistleblower (and subsequently the transparent government) is over? Should we be concerned about this?
     
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  3. May 15, 2006 #2
    No. I don't have too much of a problem if there's a leak that can thearten national security I don't have problem with it.
     
  4. May 15, 2006 #3

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    Uh... YES!

    We've already discussed eavesdropping on UN members, tracking anti-war activists and even environmentalists. Of course this would be used to suppress the media from playing a watchdog role in our so-called democracy, since other tactics such as intimidation has been used as well (on the press and government employees). And I have no doubt the democratic party is being monitored in some unethical way. It's the Bush/Cheney dictatorship in action.

    This is why the right to privacy must be upheld regardless of whether one has anything to hide, or if it helped prevent another 9-11 (which I seriously doubt it would). There is no excuse to overlook the constitution and bill of rights--EVER. Those who say it's okay are unpatriotic and should be tried for treason right along with the Bush cabal. What is wrong with this friggin' country?!
     
  5. May 15, 2006 #4
    Ok, I've got a scenario for you. Let's imagine that Bush notices that the Deputy Associate Director of the FBI is making a lot of calls to the Washington Post, finds out that he is a leaker, and has him tried for treason. Since the information that he was going to leak was important to national security, no one at the trial could find out what the information was, and he is convicted. Would that be acceptable to you?
     
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  6. May 15, 2006 #5

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    Way back in January, there were rumors that CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour's phone/internet lines were being tapped. The NSA responded quickly by denying the taps.

    Now this props up !

    PS : Amanpour's husband (Jamie Rubin) was Kerry's national security advisor during the '04 campaign.
     
  7. May 15, 2006 #6
    It seems like common sense to ask, that an intelligence agency with such incredible power have some sort of accountability or oversight system by which the public can verify it is not violating laws. Some basic checks and balances, like judicial oversight (which this program obviously lacks). For some reason, the general public does not demand this; it seems to be a widespread failure of critical reasoning ability. Since when is it sane to let an agency police its own actions, and take it all on mere trust?!
     
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  8. May 15, 2006 #7

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    The leaks so far do NOT threaten National Security. Rather they point to criminal mischief on the part of the Bush Administration. :mad:

    The Bush administration is a threat to US national security. :mad:
     
  9. May 15, 2006 #8
    Well I asuming that jury would find out but everone elese should not know.
    What if every does find out and thoundsands died.
     
  10. May 15, 2006 #9
    Ok how do you know that(can you please provide a link)? It's top secert information and the Terroist want to kill bush too.
    What I don't understand is why don't people treat Bush like he's a person?
     
  11. May 15, 2006 #10
    When it was leaked that the NSA was tapping without warrants, there was no threat to national security as a result. People aren't idiots: everyone knows that the government can perform wiretaps (potential terrorists included). It was just assumed that they'd go through the FISA courts to do so. The leaking of the illegal warrantless program therefore was no threat to national security.

    For the sake of argument, let's assume that the lawyers simply tell the jury that the information is simply too vital for them to know about, and they convict the person. What do you think about this situation?

    No one did so...
     
  12. May 15, 2006 #11

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    What are you talking about? It's good to be the King.
     
  13. May 16, 2006 #12

    Art

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    That's assuming there even is a trial. More likely the suspects would be imprisoned without any due process in one of Bush's secret prisons or Guantanamo Bay.
     
  14. May 16, 2006 #13

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    The leaks Bush is trying to plug are the leaks showing illegal activity by his administration. He is using US law enforcement agencies to try to coverup crimes his admin has and is committing under the guise of national security.

    For example
     
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  15. May 17, 2006 #14

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    Exactly. These illegal activities have been revealed on a general level (with no specifics), and in the case of warrantless wiretaps, the revelation certainly wasn't anything terrorists haven't avoided for a long time. If you want to talk about a national security issue, it is the outing of a CIA agent (Plame).
     
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