Local reactions to NSA surveillence

Local reactions to NSA surveillence

POSTED: Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 6:57pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 3:16pm

Internet, Facebook, email and phone records are far from being private, the fact became public after the National Security Agency was exposed for using spying software to monitor conversations and online history, Luis Yañez an El Paso lawyer says the legality is definitely questionable.

“Being a defense attorney, it’s a slap in the face to the 4th amendment with the government’s doing with the NSA and collecting people’s information; emails, phone calls and who knows what” Yañez said.

Many organizations and groups in the U.S. are standing up to demand explanations from the federal government, some El Paso residents feel the same way.

“Citizens have to keep an eye on their government because even though the government is doing its best to protect its people against foreign attacks and general attacks, there’s a fine line between an invasion of privacy and the government protecting their people” Alfonso Olivas said.

President Obama has defended intelligence gathering saying it’s needed for national security reasons he also confirmed the government is looking at duration, time and date not the content of phone calls, this El Paso man says surveillance doesn’t affect him.

“If you’re not doing anything wrong I don’t think you should be scared of what the government is doing or looking at, I mean for the most part most of your emails probably will have meaningless information, if you have something that’s private or something that has a lot of information in it then you probably wouldn’t want to have that in your inbox” Willie Williams a downtown El Paso resident said.

Yañez says at the end of the day it depends on the public to defend the right of privacy and prevent the government from spying or watching…

“I believe people are already standing up to the government’s action including this past 4th of July they were upraising all over the U.S. Protests against what the NSA is doing, “they can get up to one hundred thousand, two hundred thousand pieces of evidence with just one piece of paper of one warrant, I think that’s highly illegal under the 4th amendment” Yañez concluded.

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The fine line is that between national security and political tyranny and thought control. This administration, more than any other in the past 50 years, is less tolerant of dissent and more likely to step over that divide, more likely to ignore or subvert the protections embodied in the Bill of Rights.

It's past time for the sovereign people to stand up and demand that this surveillance cease immediately and to require OUR Representative to account to US for this government's actions.

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