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  (Source: AP)
Majority approves of government tracking phone records (and by proxy location)

new study by the non-partisan Pew Research Center suggests that for all the attention paid by the media, social libertarians, and civil rights advocates regarding government spying, the majority of Americans are okay with their federal government spying on them to an extent.

The survey reports that 56 percent of Americans think its fine for the government to seize daily phone records of millions of Americans, most of whom have never committed a crime.  These records can be used to track a person's position over time. Only 41 percent of respondents opposed the seizures.

Further, nearly half of Americans (45 percent) want the government to monitor everyone's email to fight terrorism, while only a little more than half (52 percent) want to keep their email private.  This is nearly identical to 2002, when 45 percent of people supported email monitoring and 52 percent opposed it.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, partisan politics continue to be a route both of America's ruling parties use to convince people to embrace their bipartisan monitoring efforts.  In Jan. 2006, 61 percent of self-identified Democrats opposed monitoring, versus only 23 percent of Republicans.  At the time 75 percent of Republicans supported surveillance programs by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

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Nearly one out of every two Americans is fine with the government tracking them and reading their email.  [Image Source: CNN]

Today, nearly twice as many Republicans (47 percent) oppose monitoring, while only about half as many (34 percent) Democrats oppose it.  It appears that for many Americans they only oppose the government spying on them if it’s the political party they don't like.  Similar trends are observed on the topic of email monitoring.

Also perhaps predictable is the fact that support of a police state and 24-7 surveillance increases with age.  Among people age 18-29, 45 percent think the government should prioritize privacy over security, while for individuals age 65+ only 25 percent feel privacy is most important.

Also interesting is the fact that only a fourth of Americans are monitoring the NSA news story closely -- less Americans than the NSA is authorized to monitor, ironically.  While older people tend to have the least opposition to government monitoring, counter intuitively they're following the news about the NSA leaks the closest.

The survey of 1,004 individuals was conducted by Princeton Data Source.  The results were weighted based on the demographics of the individual and census statistics.

Source: Pew Research Center



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But where to go?
By Dorkyman on 6/11/2013 2:13:20 PM , Rating: 3
Many of us have already seen the handwriting on the wall. The US is beyond the tipping point, and it will not right itself.

So the "old" United States is no more. Fine. The pragmatist in me says okay, so find another country that is not rotting away and whose ideals are more in line with mine. But where? Seriously? Any suggestions?




RE: But where to go?
By TSS on 6/12/2013 4:55:22 AM , Rating: 2
My pick would be Norway. Tough place to live, tough place to get into (you need to prove you will contribute to norwegian society), but otherwise a friendly people that'll leave you the F alone. Socialist, sure, but in a good way as they actually make it work, because they're a sober people. And, Neutral, they're not part of the euro zone or anything. Go watch Nokas (2010) if you want a sense of the culture there. The way people react in that movie (no screams, no drama) is completly realistic - norwegians actually are like that.

Something closer to home would be Canada. With the whole prism thing i went to look for alternatives for mail, chat etc. Stuff i came across all was located in canada. My dad has a server in canada as well, all because internet privacy is heavily regulated there (in the good way). They also didn't appear in any of the prism documents. But considering it's southern neighbour, to actually live somewhere i'd prefer norway.

Switserland always a good choice. Not specifically because of freedoms or secrecies but because the location. not a chance of invasion and if you go live up in the mountains somewhere not a person who'll find you for the rest of your days.

Personally i live in holland, which'll be a good place to go to in a decade or 2. Now there's just too much money floating around still so we've got just as incompetent a politicians, a crumbling education system and an increasingly repressive government. Once the upcoming crisis really starts costing us money though i'm betting on the dutch financial sense kicking in and some decisions finally being made. For now we'll just buy the JSF to run along side our 2 multi-billion railroads nobody uses.

Honestly though if you really want freedom just go to Russia. Yes, russia. As long as you don't go against Putin, the internet has clearly shown nobody gives a flying frack about anything in russia. You could have a pet bear addicted to jet fuel!

... Just move somewhere cold. It should be pretty obvious by now the colder it gets the less people care about controlling one another and the more they care about staying warm.


RE: But where to go?
By Dorkyman on 6/13/2013 10:03:03 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting thoughts. Thanks.


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