Last night, in the midst of the still glowing reverberations of HOPE all across this land, I witnessed Mr, Tice, a high-security clearance individual with the NSA, announce quite frankly that the wiretapping done by George W.'s Administration was not "limited" in any way. It was in fact, conducted on EVERYONE. He was emphatic about this, and admitted he'd been afraid to come forward until after George W. left office(because he'd been threatened with prosecution by former Administration officials--which is why he waited to speak up until President Obama's first day in office). He revealed these crimes on The Keith Olberman Show, on MSNBC, on Wednesday--I watched Rachel Maddow Show, late Thursday night, and she played the excerpt.
I fear no one will ever be prosecuted for these intrusions into our personal lives(the Nazi-regime of Hitler, and the former Soviet Union's KGB comes to mind, particularly since Tice admitted "journalists were targeted"), because President Obama is very very into forgiveness, healing, and "moving on.". I can't help feeling though, that the ones responsible(and I DO mean the ones giving the orders, not merely the ones conducting surveillance) should be held ACCOUNTABLE, and punished. But maybe that's just me.
I still believe my e-mail correspondence, my computer, my phone calls, my cell-phone calls, my LIFE--should be MINE, and I should be able to reveal what I want to, WHEN I CHOOSE. It's also ridiculous that the former Administration would choose to spend buckets of dollars(MILLIONS!) performing this task, with no real benefit! Imagine what good use that money--recklessly, and criminally spent, could've been used for..Do we even have to wonder why the deficit continued to grow, the past 4 years?(sigh).
I'll keep basking in the warm glow of our new President Obama's Inauguration. But there's a definite chill in the air. And I don't like it. Not. One. Little. Bit.