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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Why Aren't More People Outraged at Domestic Eavesdropping?

Newsweek has an interesting column by Arlene Getz who argues that Bush’s defense of his phone-spying program has disturbing echoes of arguments once used by South Africa’s apartheid regime. Getz's article also delves into the question of why more Americans are not outraged at the revelation that the President authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on American citizens.
I would argue that this is a problem stemming from a lack of political participation in our political system. With less people participating or paying attention, its hard for a large number of people to become outraged at this story. For example, a Pew Research Center Report shows where most Americans are getting their news during presidential campaigns. Every week, on average, only about 54% of Americans read a newspaper (click here for more information).

Click here to read the full article from Newsweek.

--Tom Hayes


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