May 17, 2006
If Terrorists Were Telemarketers, Liberals Would Gladly Send Them To Gitmo
Lee P. Butler
“Mr. Smith you are the lucky winner of a free, all expenses paid seven day cruise for you and a companion of your
choice to the Caribbean on the exciting Good Ship Lollypop cruise line. We know you are already looking forward to the prospect
of taking part in this astounding adventure and once we’ve completed all the necessary information you and your partner
will be on your way to an excellent and well deserved free vacation.”
For many people, a phone call eerily similar
to that has often interrupted what up to that point had been a nice quiet dinner with the family. Then the phone rings and,
sure enough, there was a telemarketer on the other end of the line trying to get information from you about one scheme or
The problem for most of those people was the basic fact that the telemarketer already had too much information
about them by simply having their name and telephone number, by which the telemarketer could call them interrupting their
dinner and harass them for more information.
This type of harassment finally reached a boiling point across America
and suddenly the government was rushing to the rescue. Legislators from district to district were suddenly ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’
and had made stopping this activity their number one objective.
Faster than you can say ‘al-Qaida’, phone
banks were set up so that people who wanted their names and phone numbers removed from all telemarketers’ lists could
give those government officials their names and telephone numbers so they could then be forever protected from the dinner
interrupting harassing phone calls.
Moving forward through the tragedy of 9-11 to the current day world where the threat
of terrorist attacks are more prevalent than they’ve ever been and telecommunications are as important to terrorist
activity as bomb making, the collection of phone numbers by the government has once again come into play.
this time is that the same liberal Democrats who were once outraged at the telemarketers ability to gather the basic information
of Americans and wanted them to willingly give those liberal members of government that information are now incensed that
the government has access to that same information and is collecting it to form a database to better track possible terrorist
Suddenly, liberal government officials; who it seems is constantly fighting against the Bush administration’s
attempts to thwart terrorists and their planning of future attacks, want to know how it’s possible that phone companies
can just give the National Security Agency the phone numbers of innocent Americans.
Many of these liberals have conveniently
forgotten that they voted for legislation during the Clinton administration’s tenure in office that Clinton supported
giving the government the ability to collect such data under the auspices of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement
Act of 1994.
Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-VT), who was one of the liberals who voted in support of that legislation spouted
off about the current activity, asking, “Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaida?”
Senator Leahy went on to display his inane political posturing by claiming, “If that’s the case, we’ve really
failed in any kind of war on terror.”
Based on that, it’s sadly apparent that Senator Leahy and other liberals
in Congress would be adamantly in favor of this activity if terrorists were telemarketers. Then, if a terrorist called you
to offer you a free suicide bomb, you could give Senator Leahy your telephone number and all would be right in the world.
What’s even more crazy, is that liberals would rather send telemarketers to Guantanamo Bay for an open-ended
detention because they had the audacity to purchase your telephone number from organizations, including phone companies.
they are irrevocably incensed that those same phone companies would voluntarily give your phone number to the government,
whose number one prerogative is to protect American citizens above all else.
Liberals are also asserting that their
phone numbers are protected through a Constitutional right to privacy and that even though the government may not listen to
your phone calls, just them having your number violates that Constitutional protection.
including the press, across the country require even more intimate details of your personal information than just your name
and phone number to take part in whatever it is that they are offering.
Plus, in this technology based world, you have
to include such universal services provided by phone companies as caller ID and call forwarding and the yearly production
of several different phone books that list numbers, names and addresses.
Which surely contributes to the attitude of
2/3rds of American citizens as shown by polls that they not only think it’s important for the government to monitor
phone numbers in the war on terror, but they expect the government to do so.
When the 9-11 Commission said communications
between terrorists greatly enabled them to carry out their deadly plot, the government being able to quickly process and intercept
calls of that nature is a fundamental tool of resource to prevent any future terrorist attack in this country.
is it about that necessity that liberals just don’t understand?
No one wants telemarketers interrupting their
dinner, nor do they want terrorists to blow them up while they’re enjoying that time with their families.
difference here is, unlike the average American, terrorists won’t volunteer their telephone numbers to the government,
even if it means they would be removed from a telemarketers list!