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Like a lot of stories along these lines (USA PATRIOT Act, anyone?), I’d sure like to think that the government is doing the right thing, looking out for our security, and not doing anything more than absolutely necessary.
But Murdoc’s not a total moron. Although largely supportive of our government’s efforts in the greater war against international terrorism, I’ve got a healthy amount of distrust and skepticism about these sorts of things. I know we have to do some unsavory things when fighting a war, but this seems to be a bit over the line.
My basic position is this: If it’s truly justified to “spy on Americans” while tracking down the bad guys, some of which are no doubt Americans, I can swallow this. It’s a no-brainer. But good Americans possess an innate distrust of government meddling, and this is guaranteed to trip the “Danger, Will Robinson” switch. It’s a tough tightrope that our security and intelligence agencies are on, and they’ll look bad even when they’re doing everything right.