Tag: government surveillance

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International

For Obama, world looks far different than expected

In this photo taken Aug. 22, 2013, President Barack Obama walks along the West Wing colonnade of the White House in Washington before traveling to New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Julie PaceAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there’s deep skepticism about Washington’s government surveillance programs.

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Opinion

That intelligence agencies monitor our calls and Internet usage shouldn’t come as a surprise

by Shannon Williams Maybe I am gullible. Maybe I am unrealistic. Or perhaps I am just plain stupid, but I never thought the government was not viewing our emails or listening to our conversations. Not once have I thought that when I send an email no one sees that message but me and the recipient. The same applies to the items I look up on computers or even text messages I send – I always figured that the federal government had access to those things. And guess what? I am completely OK with that.