Spying is not part of the America we want

Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 10:17 p.m.
President Bush invaded Iraq claiming it had WMDs and was an "urgent threat" to the United States. That claim has been proven false.
He claimed the U.S. would be welcomed to Iraq as liberators, and that claim was false. He claimed Iraqi oil would pay for the war and reconstruction. Some $300 billion later, and counting, that claim has been proven false.
On May 2, 2003, Bush proclaimed "Mission Accomplished." More than 2,000 dead American soldiers later prove that claim was also false.
Bush claimed the director of FEMA was doing a "heckuva job" in the middle of the Katrina disaster. Four months later, 300,000 residents still have not returned to their homes in New Orleans.
Bush claimed that his tax cuts would pay for themselves but has saddled this nation with an additional $2 trillion in debt, with more to come.
Bush has ignored the Geneva Conventions, refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty on global warming, declined to enter the International Criminal Court, terminated the anti-ballistic missile treaty with Russia, supported a coup against a democratically elected government in Venezuela and thumbed his nose at friends and allies worldwide.
Bush has allowed torture by Americans, opened secret prisons in Eastern Europe and has spied on American peace groups, civil rights activists and even animal rights groups.
Bush has approved spying on Americans' phone conversations without the necessary warrants claiming this occurred only if one party was abroad. Now we discover that the spying has included conversations when both parties are inside the U.S. Is this the America we want?
Is this the America we have become?
J.A. Newkirk, Gainesville

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