Week 8 Discussion

Due:

Initial post: Thursday, midnight

Response: Sunday, midnight

Maximum points: 100

Discuss the following responses to the revelation that telecommunications companies provided domestic phone call records to the National Security Agency.

President George Bush: “Al-Qaeda is our enemy, and we want to know their plans.”

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont: “Are you telling me tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda?”

Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona: “We are in a war, and we have got to collect intelligence on the enemy.”

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa: “Why are the telephone companies not protecting their customers? They have a social responsibility to people who do business with them to protect our privacy as long as there isn’t some suspicion that we’re a terrorist or a criminal or something.”


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