18.32.03 - Mark
I got a pretty little letter today, from one of the three congress critters who supposedly represent me (despite the fact that I didn't vote for any of them and they are all almost exact polar opposite of my political opinions). Of the three, Burr is my favorite. The busy politician he is, he makes sure to anwer each and every one of those political action emails I email his way with strait line republicrat bushit
The latest of these recripicated form letters, very thoroughly addressed to Mr. Mark Welker - Mount Airy High School (my home address) was on the subject of civil liberties and electronic surveillance. In this letter Mr. Burr tries to explain to me how need to allow these "new methods and approaches" surveillance because this administration has made it clear that such tools are needed. He also explained to me that we'll never hear of the successes of these programs.
I'm not sure where I want to start with the problems I have with this letter:
The fact that it skirts the fact that fails to address the unwarranted domestic surveillance carried out by government intellengence organizations whose juristiction only covers foreign powers - not domestic.
The not so subtle hints at blindly following the Bush Administration.
The fact that he cites September 11th, 2001 as reason enough to permit these searches - not once, but twice.
The fact that he's trying to reassure me that the government is working with enough accurate infomation to make well informed decisions about its intellengce activities.
BTW, I graduated from high school almost two years ago, I almost never mention it in conversation, and would never put it in my mailing address.