Oh spying government I hate you, no wait, I love you, no wait…

Talk about being on the fence.

We now know for sure what has long been suspected and that is that the government conducts surveillance on telephones and e-mails. OK, that part I hate. I don’t want anyone spying on me, listening to my calls or reading my e-mails although I must admit nothing I am saying or writing is really going to excite anyone from the FBI, CIA or any other agency.

What I don’t hate is the fact that if you believe the government – and that’s tough for some of us – it has stopped more than 50 terrorist attacks worldwide since the 2001 attacks on the U.S.

According to a story on CNN.com, two of those attacks thwarted include an attempt to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and New York’s subway.

Reports CNN.com: “The startling details disclosed at a House intelligence committee hearing reflected a unified effort by the Obama administration and legislators to defend the telephone and e-mail surveillance made public this month by classified leaks to newspapers.

“Testimony by Gen. Keith Alexander, the National Security Agency director, as well as officials from the FBI, Department of Justice and the Director of National Intelligence office called the programs created under the Patriot Act in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks a vital tool against terrorist plots.

“Joined by panel Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers and other legislators, they condemned the document leaks by former government contractor Edward Snowden as harmful to the United States and its allies.

“The leaks also led to what officials called widespread public misinformation about the surveillance programs that necessitated the relatively rare open hearing by the intelligence panel, where they detailed previously classified information in order to set the record straight.

“It was the most comprehensive and specific defense of the surveillance methods that have come under ferocious criticism from civil liberties groups, some members of Congress and others concerned about the reach of government into the private lives of citizens.”

So now what? I hate the government for spying but I am happy if they indeed stopped a bunch of terrorists. This is too hard…

— Andy Hachadorian

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