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    @Neo_NtheMatrix Well, you are uninformed so I forgive you that.
    Go ahead and check voting records to see who voted these things in. Your beloved party led the charge. Truth hurts I know.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix What is it with you? The Bush admin proosed the Patriot Act, Daryl Issa initiated the Real ID act, they were voted into law by both parties of congress. This is one reason why I disregard the economic/tax/regulatory cplaints made by conservatives. I know tgat reaching agreement is useless. Repubs are always right. So when W creates an unfunded prescripsion plan that is fine, but as soon as Obama does a health care measure it is wrong. If W wants to illegally spy on citizens fine. If Obama were to do it you would be foaming at the mouth. Three thousand people die in 9-11, you can not blame W if ignoring intel., a few diplomats doe in Lybia and its a scandal. You can maintain this double standard if you want, but then who are you to complain when others disregard your objections to policies we want. Since there is no uniform standard, no rules that apply to both, you lose the right to demand fairness when those you oppose have the upper hand.
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    Texts should be treated as phone conversations. No warrant, no tapping, no recording. The law should go so far as to require the deletion of the texts from cell phone data bases. Considering the rampant theft of credit card numbers, I do not see phone companies as security geniuses. To push the issue, the law should institute a $100 per text fine for stolen messages up to $100,000 per user.
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    "protect and serve" right. More like feed me tickets, take my lunch money, and try to invade on my privacy. OUR privacy.
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    I am a cop and I call BS on this. The cops pushing for this are mentally I'll. I don't know a single officer in my area that would be for this.
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    I agree completely if they can go look at are convos whenever they want why not just ask to use there phone screw it save us some money lol get a warrent
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    @WilliamWallace It's never the officers, it's the political suck azz administration that play these butt kissing games.
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    This is a bogus request by a few Police Officer's. Sounds all to familiar, Remember George Orwell's "Big Brother?" This would be a set-up by unscrupulous politicians (God knows we have a lot of them) to purge their enemies.

    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty
    to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
    deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    -- Benjamin Franklin
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    When the Left takes over and we truly become Communist, there will be no such thing as privacy...I don't know
    why people are surprised...Communists don't have Freedoms, only the Government has freedoms..what is so
    hard to understand about that???...
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    It was 'the left' that recently gathered phone records from cell phone service providers? Seems i recall that being a republican administration that did that.
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    @woodtick57 No, Cops to Congress... "WE need text messages saved for two years". Why has this not come up before? If it did, I never heard of it under a Republican administration...
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    There is no real privacy now. Thanks to private industry (not communism) it is possible to track you down through your post (Warren, OH?) and find out everything about you. Thanks to the Patriot Act , if you are somehow considered a threat to national security, no warrant would be necessary to keep you under surveillance. You could even be watched with thermal imaging from a satellite in orbit through the roof of your house. If your activities engendered enough suspicion, you could be arrested and detained indefinitely without being charged with any crime and without even having the right to know why. If you died in custody for some reason, the only ones available to give information about your demise would be your captors. Want to tell us more about how much more bad it will get when we "become Communist"?
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    @Dan_Tien No, I'd suggest talking to someone or researching what it's truly like living under Communist Rule, it's a whole lot worse than that...
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    @mimi57 My Russian language instructor was born in Bylorussia under the Soviet system, my Chinese language instructor was born near Shanghai and my wushu instructor was born in Beijing. I've talked with them a bit about living under communism. Have you ever read any books by Franz Kafka?
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    @Fishbone345

    I am probably paranoid, but I consider just being cautious to be that way. History is full of far too many examples of those in power getting a foothold and then exploiting it to seize complete power.
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    I was given a sage piece of advice a long time ago...if you don't want the world to know it, do not put it in print.. i.e. email, letters, or text. Kinda a no-brainer!
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    How does it feel to live in a police state? A place where the cops can't or won't do anything of substance about gangs but they will be reading your text messages. Wonderful.
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    “Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.”-John Perry Barlow

    “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.”-David Brin
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    Another scheme by big corporations to find out more and more about your life just so they can sell ad space. Who better to get the information than the people we are supposed to trust?
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    Both political parties are sailing the Constitution down the river by supporting things like Agenda 21 (supported by both political parties), recent additions to NDAA (Democrats), Patriot Act (Republicans and Democrats). etc etc To trust one side over the other is playing into their game of divide and conquer. Read Orwell's "1984" for some basic insight into their tactics.
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    Ah remember that crazy conspiracy theory about big brother and the slippery slope? We have already fell over the cliff as far as individual privacy is concerned. Our grand kids are going to hate us. We are going to leave them a with a debt so massive that Mexico and Canada will be building walls to keep them out and be using the tracking chips the government has stuck in there a$$ the day they were born to track the ones down who get over them. This government is perverse and has strayed so far from the Constitution that its a mockery to the men who wrote it. Franklin tried to warn when he said ”Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain security will deserve neither and lose both.” Our tolerance of such actions by the government is a betrayal of our veterans who have lost life and limb to keep us free and up hold the Constitution. The word TREASON comes to mind when thinking of what has been allowed to happen just because we are afraid.
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    EVERYTHIING you do online, or on your phone, your cable viewing habits, you electricity usage, your banking/debit transactions, your loyalty card grocery shopping etc, is ALL SAVED AND MINED for data, by consumer corporations, advertising firms, homeland security, various law-enforcement agencies, etc etc If most people actually knew, they might be shocked, but I figure they would quickly become complacent again as long as they have the latest app and gadget and plenty of fast food to eat while playing with them.
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    Which police? What city? The article doesn't say.

    Regardless, if any law enforcement agency wants to read my text messages, they should get a warrant in accordance with the 4th Amendment. Then they should prepare themselves to become extremely bored.
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    The police advocating for this should lose their jobs. They are public employees and they want to abuse the public. All public employees should be subjected to public recall by what ever jurisdiction they are working in. They are after all PUBLIC employees. A real boss has the right to fire their employees.
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    This is as absurd as requiring everybody to hold on to their mail for 2 years just in case the police want to look at it.
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    Total outrageous bullshyt!. wtf happened to privacy and freedom of speech and due process?? and a warrant??? I think maybe the boys in blue are more interested in reading the sexting more than the texting. Ohhhh lord. They're gonna just love me.
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