They are watching you

Recently our phone has been clicking when we make calls. I’m sure it is probably because the phone is old. But it occurred to me that it isn’t a crazy idea that our phone is tapped. I don’t really think it is, but these days, really nothing should surprise us. We find out on the ABC news blog that the government is tracking the numbers called from ABC, NYTimes, and Washington Post. How did it become that the executive branch can do whatever it wants? And what are we to do to prevent this from happening? Shouldn’t there be safeguards that prevent this sort of thing or is it just that previous administrations did not dare to be so bold and so sweeping in their violations?

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2 Responses to They are watching you

  1. jeff says:

    This administration can be bold in its abuse of power because Congress has abdicated its oversight role.

    Is it paranoia when they really ARE out to get you?

    –Jeff

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Jeff, you are my favorite blog reader thus far. I just love your comments. Hear that everyone? The more comments you post the more I will like you… AND the more you can be part of a conversation about possibilities for liberal religion and democracy (that is, fairness, equality, etc….). What more could you want? But seriously, this made me think of the Utne feature a few years ago about the power of conversation and talking (even if it is online). I couldn’t find links ot most of the articles (alas) but here are little clips. While I agree that we must start talking to each other more (well, I guess more productively) and across dividing lines (religious, political, etc.) I think the jury is still out on the revolutionary power of conversation and dialogue unless it is systematically linked to a next step. Just like we can’t blog our way to democracy, I think we also can’t talk our way to democracy either… If anyone is dying for these actual articles, I can look them in the Harvard databases and send them to you. Just email.

    A Declaration of Dialogue
    By Leif Utne
    On June 11-13, Let’s Talk America and the Democracy in America Project, two dialogue initiatives aimed at bridging the left-right divide, co-hosted two dozen thought leaders from across the political spectrum at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to explore the potential to bridge their political differences through dialogue. It worked better than anyone dared hope. Shared concerns and perspectives that never show their faces in debates bubbled up in the space of dialogue, leading the group to sign this declaration…

    Can We Talk?
    By Vicki Robin
    Our policy choices flow from our politics, our politics flow from our values, and our values flow from our personal stories. If we’re going to create a new politics in America and the world, we need to start at the level of story. We need to talk to each other — and to “the other,” the one we think is dead wrong. It’s risky, but good hosts make such conversations so safe that people stumble past their fears into a kind of grace. Hosting conversations is not just inviting people over and putting out cookies. It’s deeper — actually, something like meditation…

    Let’s Talk America: The fate of our democracy may depend on it
    —By Leif Utne, Utne magazine
    March / April 2004 Issue

    All social change starts with a conversation.
    — Meg Wheatley

    Thirteen years ago, Utne incited our readers to start a revolution in their living rooms. In a special cover story on salons, we put out a call for people to get together and talk — about politics, culture, education, the arts, whatever they were thinking and obsessing about. That call struck a chord. Over 8,000 readers responded and asked to be matched up with other Utne readers in their community. The neighborhood salons movement was born….
    You can find link to this entire article (although it is not the good one I was thinking of…) here
    http://www.utne.com/pub/2004_122/promo/11106-1.html

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