Why is the ASSociated Press and AP reporter KATHERINE SHRADER recycling and republishing this story from January 7th – 4 days ago: Most Say U.S. Needs Warrant to Snoop
The story was WRONG then and CONTINUES TO BE MISLEADING……
6. What do you think is more important right now – (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?
Investigate threats: 65%
Respect privacy: 32%
No opinion: 3%
7. In investigating terrorism, do you think federal agencies are or are not intruding on some Americans’ privacy rights?
Are not: 32%
No opinion: 4%
8. (IF FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE INTRUDING, Q7) Do you think those intrusions are justified or not justified?
Not justified: 46%
No opinion: 5%
Unfortunately, we have no definition of what constitutes “intruding on some Americans’ privacy rights.” But, using whatever definition respondents assume, two-thirds of Americans believe that no “unjustified” intrusions are taking place.
These questions and answers strike me as more meaningful than the one that specifically addresses the current NSA “spying” controversy, where the numbers basically follow a partisan breakdown: 51% consider “this wiretapping of telephone calls and e-mails without court approval” acceptable, while 47% call it unacceptable.
A more meaningful poll and certainly a better analysis. Now, back to the inanity of the ASSociated Press poll…….
Flap: NSA Surveillance Watch: AP Poll- Most Say U.S. Needs Warrant to Snoop?
The ASSociated Press: Poll: Most Say U.S. Needs Warrant to Snoop
A majority of Americans want the Bush administration to get court approval before eavesdropping on people inside the United States, even if those calls might involve suspected terrorists, an AP-Ipsos poll shows.
Over the past three weeks, President Bush and top aides have defended the electronic monitoring program they secretly launched shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, as a vital tool to protect the nation from al-Qaida and its affiliates.
Flap reads the poll differently than KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer.
Look at the poll graphic above.
Does the poll NOT ask the question:
Look at the Rasmussen Poll taken December 26-27 and whose question more accurately reflects the NSA Surveillance progam.
The Rasmussen question:
The RESULTS of the Rasmussen Poll:
Survey of 1,000 Adults
December 26-27, 2005
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely.
Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure.
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not affiliated with either major political party.
Survey of 1,000 Adults
December 26-27, 2005
Should the National Security Agency be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States?
Is President Bush the first President to authorize a program for intercepting telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States?
Did the ASSociated Press come/jump to the wrong conclusion or was the AP conclusion simply validated by a faulty or poorly worded poll question.
Or was this simply MSM BIAS?
The NSA Surveillance program whose details of which remain classified involved the intercepts between suspected foreign terrorists outside the United States to people within the United States.
This was NOT merely a DOMESTIC or within the United States warrantless surveillance program. But, a limited program for communications originating outside the United States.
President Bush: â€œThe NSA program is one that listens to a few numbers called from the of the United States of known al-Qaida or affiliated people.â€
The ASSociated Press does NOT make this distinction or publish the facts.