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Poll: Most Americans ok with PRISM phone tracking

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Poll: Most Americans ok with PRISM phone tracking
If the recent leak about the NSA's PRISM phone record tracking program had taken place in another era, Americans would be calling for the impeachment of every elected official involved. During the Watergate era, when we had a paranoid President in office, and U.S. citizens were wary of every pronouncement that came out of Washington D.C., this story would have had more of an edge to it. But we live in a different age now, punctuated by the tragic events that will forever be known as 9/11.

A poll conducted by Pew Research found that 56% of Americans polled feel that phone tracking is an acceptable way to fight terrorism while 41% say it is unacceptable. 1004 people were surveyed and while the majority seem to be okay with the phone tracking, 52% draw the line with tracking emails in order to fight terrorism. 45% say that it would be okay for the government to monitor citizen's electronic mail.

A whopping 62% of those asked said that they would rather that the government investigate terrorism threats even if the investigation intrudes on privacy. That figure is a bit lower than the 68% who didn't mind the intrusion back in November 2010. And the older you are, the more concerned you might be about a terror plot. Of those 65 and older, 68% would rather the government track down terrorism even if it intrudes on privacy. That figure drops to a slim majority at 51% for those aged 18 to 29.

27% of Americans are following this story closely, compared to the 33% that track economic conditions and the 9% that read about riots in Turkey. That would seem to indicate that interest is fairly high in this story. 31% of those who disagree with the government program are following the story closely as opposed to the 21% who agree with what the government is doing.


source: Pew via BGR

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posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:13 10

1. zig8100 (Posts: 120; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Lol some people just can't see that this is not the only thing they doing to violate our civil rights. Its much more deeper then PRISM. This is just scratching the surface. Maybe you should post the Video of the interview with the Whistle Blower right beside the poll. Damn Zombies!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:21 6

5. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


But after something happens, you will lay all the blame at the step of the government. You are the zombie for not thinking rationally. Self-centered persons only think about themselves.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:44 7

10. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


You mean after the government strikes again and makes it seem like it was someone else and have the media throw it in our faces?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 18:34 2

50. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Can't thumb this up enough.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:57 1

39. medicci37 (Posts: 622; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


@donfem RED THUMB

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 00:10

75. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I have to agree. I dont see a problem with it, and im not bothered by privacy issues to lock everything in my FB private off the public. Those who are not friends can view my stuff too. It is a platform for SHARING things, if you are going to lock everything private, then just quit FB.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:46 5

11. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Don i think you would agree that if the gov't actually knew that something was going to happen and did nothing then yes all the blame should fall on them. Everyone who knows about these things knows that PRISM is just a small part of the surveilance the gov't conducts internally/externally on citizens and foreign nationals. I don't think he is a zombie for having a differing opinion than yourself. You feel the gov't should do WHATEVER they want to protect the citizens of this country and thats good as long as its legal. If gov't is violating our rights then its not legal and thats what Zig is trying to say.

If the gov't can go in start collecting data on you or anyone else without probable cause AND a warrant what else can they do without our consent?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:49 2

12. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I can't find the dislike button but you seriously need to do your research the government staged these events like the Boston marathon and 9/11iI use to believe it was terrorists and I was going to join the army and things seemed fishy so I looked into, you and other clueless people need to do that

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:54 1

13. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Vandroid i hope your not saying i am clueless because i am far from it. Oh and just so you know the dislike button doesn't exist anymore.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:07

15. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I'm in no position to call anyone clueless and to be honest I haven't been reading the full comment just part of it

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:15 1

20. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Not to be disrespectful but you have got to be kidding, right? So you really think the government staged the Boston bombings, and let me guess, 9/11 too? You have been watching too many Glenn Beck conspiracy theory videos.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:22 4

22. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


The evidence is there, who is Glenn beck?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:24 1

23. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Glenn Beck is a conservative talk show host.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:29 1

25. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I'll look him up

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:29 5

31. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Correction: Glenn Beck is a nut case. While you're at it, look up Alex Jones too. Right up your alley.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:31 2

26. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Just like you only read part of the comment Mike you only look at part of the facts which is fairly obvious vandroid.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:40

27. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Hmm im not seeing what your point is? He asked a questions and i answered it. My initial comment was in response to the Zig and Don and of course i only look at part of the facts seeing as no one has all the info.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:04 3

29. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


too much evidence pointing in favor of conspiracy theories

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:05 2

60. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I was in dc on 9/11 there was no plane anywhere near the Pentagon.. So yes 9/11 was planned!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 23:10

73. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


My mother was in DC and saw the plane, so no it wasn't

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:03 3

59. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Most Americans are f**kin morons! no offense im american but they are... We have all these rights that defin our country and are no to be infringed on and we give up our rights and let the govt do whatever! Our country's in the toilet

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 23:41

74. JMartin22 (Posts: 891; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


If I could thumbs down you, I would. You don't insult a large portion of the country because the majority doesn't agree with you. That, intern, makes you a moron.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:34

63. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


What I find hilarious is that we are talking about America...but it would be fine if PRISM was only being used in other countries...

I can bet half a years salary that we have stuff planted in other countries, spying on them.

But I guess thats fine tho....the person who leaked this info knows about stuff going on in other countries.....but only leaks info about the US...hypocritical.. He was and is an idiot. He didnt care that this program was used to stop potential attacks...and theres no telling how its being used in other countries...

Now whatever advantage the US had about another country and potential dangers is probably wiped out. He was read in to handle top secret documents. Thats like a police officer becoming a dirty cop...or a doctor not waiting on a patient because he doesnt like them...or a lawyer who is representing a man how may be 80 - 90 % guilty....and throws the case, messes up on purpose so he goes to jail.

He didnt think about the back lash his family was gonna receive. Also...him being read in to handle documents like that....he signed a paper saying he can be taken to court, prosecuted for disclosing info like this.

And in this economy...money talks and BS walks....there's no way in .....that I would risk a job paying over $100,000 over this.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:41 1

64. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


He signed away his rights to do something like this when he took the job. Plain n simple. I have absolutely no sympathy for him.

Btw...the military is responsible for things waaaaay more atrocious than this. And I dont mean just against folks in other countries. Fact.

Ppl need to wake up to the real world.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 00:04

82. bendaman (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


More deeperer?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:15 1

2. skymitch89 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'm only "ok" with it because there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. Well, there are a few things that could be done, but they're really extreme.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:12 2

19. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


A civil war is the most extreme thing that can be done

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 12:06

85. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Be carefulll... they are listening!!! lol

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:18 2

3. MartyK (Posts: 709; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


There you have it, they can intrudes on privacy of the whopping 62%,by the government while investigate terrorism threats, But don't intrude on us 42%!!!...

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:18 5

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


sadly most people interviewed were consumed by the mainstream media and hollywood celebrity news updates than some issue with freedom

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:26 2

6. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I really hate these polls that speak for 'Most People'. Who the hell takes these surveys? (ive never taken one), Who writes them? Where does the information go? And finally, why do they require it in the first place?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:29 3

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i guess most of these polls are conducted in and around California or some other state like NY , if it was in the mid west the result will surely be quite different

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:29 6

8. bootroot (Posts: 35; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


FAKE POLL !

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:05 3

14. newuser1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


There is no poll or never had one, just a made up table to draw attention from people.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 14:49

40. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Did a poll inl on the streets of ny most American don't know what PRISON I mean prism is...

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:33 2

9. bucky (Posts: 1381; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


If some people are ok with that's fine. There should be something that allows privacy as a choice.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:08

16. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I don't see how this poll is not a manipulated poll that is very common in washington. There are agencies that they hire that phrase questions in certain ways or have build up questions to make you answer how they want you to. Penn and Teller did a great job of exposing that.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:08 5

17. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


so american citizens are so obsessed about their freedom but they are willing to consent to be eavesdropped?
Something's fishy

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:39 1

36. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


My favorite is how people (particularly Republicans) freak out every time a gun control law is passed, because "Ohnoes Second Amendment," but then go ahead and vote for (or even write) bills that shred every other amendment in the Bill of Rights.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:09 3

18. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


These results are disturbing. There's clearly partisan bias. Republicans approve of the NSA less now than they did in 2006. Democrats approve more now than they did in 2006. I wonder if that has anything to do with, I don't know, the President who runs the NSA?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:17 1

21. lallolu (Posts: 230; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


I really do not get why people are making a big deal out of this. This program is to fight terrorism and it is not like they just read emails. I can imagine the program search for predefined keywords based on their frequency.of use and some other parameters. If tis is not done and another 9/11 sould happen, people will blame the government for not trying enough to curb terrorism.
I believe the people making most noise have some other dirty things they are ashamed have been seen by someone else or they are doing illegal things. As long as Prism is controlled, I see no problem with it.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:29 4

24. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The problem is that the government tries to disguise everything they did post 911 with 911. There are ways to fight terrorism without data mining the whole country and putting illegal wire taps.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:34 1

34. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

I see no clause providing for an exception in case of foreign threats. The people have a right to privacy, so get a warrant.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 19:02

56. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Most the people who are on here complaining aren't even Americans, or live in the USA... For that, their opinions don't really matter .

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:07

61. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Why dont u throw the rest of ur rights out the window with the one ur freely giving up now!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:44

67. synthetic_llama (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


To some extent your right, it helps against so called future attacks if they aren't staged. Like someone was saying before if they been using this program for awhile the boston should of been figured out before it happened. Though the problem with it within the country is they know everything about us. Majority of us average ppl its no harm and wont affect, but just think about the rich people, some companies. they have control and power over them, any small thing they've done can be used against them. black mail etc.. idk my thought.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:48

79. lallolu (Posts: 230; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


True.
I believe the idea behind the program is good. But as you said, it can actually be difficult to control the people handling it or even the government.

Any decision made on this will have consequences.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:49 1

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I know I'm not okay with it. And theres nothing we can do bout it. I just saw on CNN they are making a BIG FACILITY in UTAH too record ALL DATA EMAILS/PHONE CALLS/EVERYTHING

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:21 1

30. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Don't listen to CNN it'll rot your brain.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:31 2

33. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Or FOX, for that matter.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:31

32. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Same here, I'm not ok with it, but at this stage what can be done? The cat is out of the bag. Anyone who thinks they still have a shred of privacy is kidding themselves.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:38 1

35. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Not the correct attitude.

You could say the same about every social issue in the history of ever. Then people come along and demand change. Fight long and hard enough, and you'll get your change.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:49

37. a_merryman (Posts: 666; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'm not. I just happen to like the 4th amendment though, and think our laws shouldn't violate it.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:55 4

38. medicci37 (Posts: 622; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


The main reason the government does things like Prism has nothing to do with terrorism or national security. That's my problem with all of this

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 14:50

41. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Haha...I bet most people on here ain't even american....as a American, I applaud our government for keeping us safe....expect for 9/11 and if you want to consider the incident at pearl harbor...we have never been attacked on our soil. You have all these people in other countries not knowing when another road side bomb will go off, or who will be strapped with an bomb. Go USA!!!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 15:23

42. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Do some reasearch you are blinded by the lies the media throws at us

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 18:46

51. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Lol.. your blinded by what others tell you.....then stop watching the media you stupid asshole

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:41

65. vandroid (Posts: 260; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


That would be you moron I look into this on my own I don'. Take ssomeone's word for it like you but you're just a good little patriot stupid and clueless

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 15:35 4

44. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, you are really in the dark...the gov't knew of the attack of Pearl Harbor well in advance...that fact is well documented. 9/11 was an event created so that America would have no problem with their rights being sacrifice with the inception of the Patriot Act, a law that had been written up well in advance of 9/11.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 18:50

52. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Wow...you must be some Muslim who Hates America or something....

Ps all you asses who don't like what's going on here in America then get f**** outta here..go to Canada or somewhere

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