Poll: Almost Nobody Believes Obama’s Promise To Reform NSA; Patriot Act


President Barack Obama unveiled a series of self-policing policies last Friday, in an effort to regain the confidence of Americans shellshocked by ongoing revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) and other Federal agencies are engaged in the secret, warrantless and comprehensive surveillance of nearly every aspect of citizens’ digital lives.

Among the President’s promises was a proposed revision to the now-infamous Patriot Act Section 215, which allows the FBI to secretly monitor the records and activities of U.S. citizens in conjunction with a terror investigation – even if the subject isn’t suspected of criminal activity.

Obama also pledged to appoint a civil liberties monitor who would serve as a legal advocate for “John Doe” citizens whenever Federal law enforcement agencies approach the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to obtain a secret search warrant. To date, law enforcement has breezed through the FISC warrant-obtaining process without facing any opposition from an opposing entity that acts in the interest of the people who are to be spied on.

In addition, the President promised to create an appointed body of independent watchdogs to review intelligence and communications data-gathering policies. The panel would consist of outside tech experts who presumably understand, from a technological feasibility point of view, the potential weak points in assuring citizens’ privacy as the NSA and related agencies go on with their spy business. NSA head James Clapper, the man who lied to Congress about the extent of the agency’s surveillance on ordinary Americans, would head up that panel.

So it comes as no surprise that a Rasmussen poll taken over the weekend reveals that nearly everyone in the U.S.A. thinks it’s a bunch of B.S. Only 11 percent of the 1,000 likely voters surveyed said they believe the President’s ideas will have the positive effect of curbing the scope of the Feds’ secret surveillance practices. Not only that, but 30 percent of those polled said they believe the government will actually ramp up its citizens spying activities, regardless of Obama’s promises. Another 49 percent said the President’s plans won’t change anything.

[M]ost voters still don’t trust the government to protect their constitutional rights,” observed poll analysts. “Very few expect the program to cut back on monitoring the phone calls of innocent Americans.”

Check out the summary of the poll’s results at Rasmussen.

Note from the Editor: Under the Obama Administration, the NSA, the IRS, and the State and Justice departments are blatantly stepping on Americans’ privacy—and these are just the breaches we’re aware of. I’ve arranged for readers to get a free copy of The Ultimate Privacy Guide so you can be protected from any form of surveillance by anyone—government, corporate or criminal. Click here for your free copy.


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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Harold Olsen

    Why would anyone ever believe anything our fuhrer said? All he does is lie. If he said something that I knew to be absolutely true, I still would not believe him.

    • mark

      But Harold over and over again you proclaim that you believe everything that your fuhrer Adolf Hitler said, including that this conservative, hard-right, anti-communist movement was socialist, since the propaganda name he gave to his party to get votes was the National Socialists. If the fuhrer called it this, then it must be true. Since fuhrers never lie. You no doubt believe what your fuhrer in North Korea, Kim Il Sung said that his government is: the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea when in fact his government was and still is neither democratic, republican nor popular with the people. You are always naively believing lying fuhrers, Harold, when it suits you and your fellow conservatives political delusions.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Lying to yourself again, mark. You are failing in defending O.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gene.kapinos Gene Kapinos

        You believe your fuhrer Obama as he continues to drone children, supply terrorists with military weapons, trash the Constitution not undo what Bush did.
        I watched your posts here and you sound like you’re on the commie payroll.
        Sent to create dissension and fuel hatred. A true Obamaphite.
        You are worse then most of the extreme racists I’ve encountered here. A very dangerous tool indeed. Very un-American.

      • vicki

        Education for mark. He probably won’t choose to learn though.

  • Robert Zraick

    The only real changes to policy will be to make sure that no one ever finds out what the government is up to again.

  • villageidiot

    Cannot recall any promise he made that he kept. I may be wrong, but if you start out making a promise that you know you can’t keep, excusing yourself by blaming others for your offence is not the answer. Two things this guy should do. The first is to open his mouth less and the second is to stay away from the TV. Maybe he should play more golf or take more vacations, or both!

    • anonymous

      Who do you think is paying for his vacations????? Vacations and golf are not the answer. He should have NEVER been re-elected!!!!!!

      • Andy

        Wrong!! It should rread “He should have NEVER been ELECTED!!!”.

    • vicki

      He promised to fundamentally change America.

  • Paul

    This is hilarious! Trust government? Are you insane! How can you trust the enemy of the people? Just look back in the history of the world if you don’t believe me. The lies and deceits will continue until it reaches a peak and the people turn against the government. If we don’t figure out a way to control them, they will surely destroy us.

    • mark

      How about trusting people? When they have such a massive and documented historical record of constantly lying, cheating, and stealing from one another, of constantly committing adultery, fraud, malfeasance, rape, and burglary against one another. You do know the historical record of human beings toward one another irrespective of any government action, don’t you? Or are you so naïve (apparently) to believe these things are only done by governments? Just take a look at the police news or court news section of your newspaper everyday and you will see the crimes, deceptions, and atrocities that human beings constantly commit against one another, to members of their own families and to friends, fellow worker, and lovers on a daily basis So I guess following this reasoning, you should never trust one single human being for your entire life? What a philosophy, what a political movement. Little wonder it will be decades before you guys ever win the White House again.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        You and your Leftist Ideologues don’t trust people as Individuals. But somehow you trust the human predators not unlike yourself when they come together as a pack under the title “government”.

  • Jonathan B.

    Barack Obama is long on promises, short on delivery. That’s what Michelle said anyway.

    • Elton Robb

      Michelle doesn’t trust her own husband, at least that’s what Barry said.

  • justus brother

    Nobody believes Obumnuts; imagine that.

  • Alan

    If Obama told me the sky was blue, I would have to look up and also get someone nearby to verify it.

  • Motov

    Gee with his track record, How can anyone doubt his words?

  • mark

    You mean almost nobody on this extremist website. Gee, what a surprise. And you will notice that no one here including the author Ben Bullard mention the fact that it was the George W. Bush administration that enacted the Patriot Act and began the massive surveillance of Americans suspected of terrorists links as well as the drone strikes overseas. Gee, what a double surprise. Bullard is not being completely upfront and honest on this issue. Triple surprise.

    • red neck

      Just shut up!!!!!…. Yes it was Bush that started this however your god and king obama has pushed this FAR beyond the realm so don’t just sit there with your continuing blame like a little punk. And I’m sure that you are happy as heel that your god and king obama is doing what he is for your “safety” since you are an imbecile without any clue how to take care of yourself….

      • mark

        Don’t get your panties all twisted in a knot, red neck. That neck of yours is just getting redder and redder. Pretty soon that teeny-tiny brain you have at the end of it might just fall off.

        • Rocketman

          Can’t argue with logic, so you just resort to name calling. Mark, your a typical liberal, full of BS and self righteous indignation over every imagined slight.

          • mark

            No Rocketman, the name calling first came from redneck. If you can read, you will see that he did not refute my argument with logic but rather called me “a little punk” on line 3 of his post and “an imbecile” on line 5 of his post. But I guess that doesn’t count as “name calling” to you as long as it comes from someone who you agree with rather than someone who you disagree with. How about a little logical consistency?

          • WTS/JAY

            That was in response to your ad-hominem wherein you called everyone on this site, “extremists”, marky! How about a little consistency in honesty?

    • Robert Messmer

      You are 100% correct, Mr. Bullard does not mention that the abomination was started under President Bush with the blessing of the congressional democrats. Because he was not doing an in-depth history piece, the article only concerns itself with President Obama’s claimed cleaning up of the NSA. BTW Mark, I noticed that you failed to mention the Mr. Obama campaigned with the promise of change and he didn’t bother with the change once he won.

  • Rocketman

    And as if anyone needed any more proof that Obama has no intention of reforming the NSA and that this “effort” is all for show and nothing else, he just announced that the individual that lied before Congress is going to head up the “reform”. EVERYTHING that comes out of his mouth is a lie.


    Here we go again, folks! It seems people just won’t leave this poor man alone.


    NBRA Chairman Frances Rice, Esquire

    The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) based in Sarasota, FL, headed by Chairman Frances Rice, filed Articles of Impeachment against President Barack Obama with the following language:

    We, black American citizens, in order to free ourselves and our fellow citizens from governmental tyranny, do herewith submit these Articles of Impeachment to Congress for the removal of President Barack H. Obama, aka, Barry Soetoro, from office for his attack on liberty and commission of egregious acts of despotism that constitute high crimes and misdemeanors.

    On July 4, 1776, the founders of our nation declared their independence from governmental tyranny and reaffirmed their faith in independence with the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. Asserting their right to break free from the tyranny of a nation that denied them the civil liberties that are our birthright, the founders declared:

    “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.


    Article II, Section IV of the United States Constitution provides: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”


    In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, personally and through his subordinates and agents, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice, in that:


    He has covered up, delayed, impeded and obstructed the investigation of the Benghazi Battle.

    Specific conduct includes: (1) failing to adequately secure the US Consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi; (2) failing to send a response team to rescue embattled US citizens in Benghazi; (3) lying to the American people about why the US Consulate and the CIA annex were attacked in Benghazi; and (3) hiding from the media and congressional investigators the Central Intelligence Agency personnel and other wounded US citizens who were on the ground in Benghazi by scattering them throughout the United States, forcing them to adopt new identities and subjecting them to monthly polygraph tests.

    Benghazi Battle elements that are under investigation:

    On September 11, 2012, the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, the US Consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya was targeted in a premeditated, preplanned attack launched without warning by Islamist militants.

    Footage of the attack broadcast in real time showed armed men attacking the consulate with rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades, assault rifles, 14.5 mm anti-aircraft machine guns, truck mounted artillery, diesel canisters, and mortars. It was not an act of savage mob violence, nor a spontaneous protest in response to an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.

    In that attack, four American citizens were killed: US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens; Information Officer Sean Smith; and two embassy security personnel, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs. Ambassador Stevens is the first U.S. ambassador killed in an attack since Adolph Dubs was killed in 1979.

    ARTICLE 2… http://watchdogwire.com/florida/2013/08/13/black-american-citizens-file-articles-of-impeachment-against-obama/

  • Quester55

    Only a Complete FOOL would Trust a Thief (Like OBAMA) to Guard a bank Vault! Likewise, We’d all be Foolish to trust, A Proven LAIR Like,” OBAMA,” to keep his Word on Anything, Much less our Citizen’s Rights to have privacy in our homes!Just What does this Self Made Dictator Want to Listen to Anyway, A husband & Wife, Making Love? The pervert has Already proven his perversion by allowing GAYS the same Rights as a Male/Female married Couple Has.
    He’s Allowed his MUSLIMS Free Passage into & out of, These united/Divided States, By allowing them DUEL-CITIZENSHIP’S! He’s Changed our FREEDOM OF SPEECH over to HATE SPEECH if we Talk about HIM!
    He’s Already Shown his Utter Contempt for people of Color by Using their Grief, For His OWN GAIN!
    He makes me Ashamed to be of Similar RACE, He’s Just too White for me.
    I Just Hope my White Friends don’t take Offense, !1