Light Readers Don't Love Osama

In a dramatic turn-around from early poll results, Light Readers are saying they don’t actually trust Al Qaeda more than the Bush Administration. (See Poll: In Osama We Trust?.) Final results indicate that 45 percent of our poll takers find the Bush Administration the most trustworthy when the other choices are the RBOCs and Al Qaeda. Thirty-one percent say the RBOCs are the most trustworthy of the three. Still, a quarter of respondents say they trust Al Qaeda more.

A wide majority of Light Readers believe BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are providing call record data to the National Security Agency, despite their public claims. (See Someone's Listening....)

Some 86 percent of the nearly 300 readers who took our poll thought so. And 68 percent of Light Readers believe the telcos should share phone records with the government to help in anti-terror activities.

But on the question of whether or not the NSA is doing anything wrong by gathering and studying the records, Light Readers are of two minds. Fifty-one percent believe the government is doing nothing wrong, while 49 percent believe the phone record snooping is a step too far.

BellSouth and Verizon are vigorously denying having supplied records for the NSA program. (See Verizon Denies NSA Reports .) BellSouth last Friday called on USA Today to retract parts of the story that originally named it as a participant – with AT&T and Verizon -- and so began the furor.

The monkey continues to monitor the situation (and all calls to our offices), so stay tuned.

— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading

chips_ahoy 12/5/2012 | 3:53:15 AM
re: Light Readers Don't Love Osama He's very plain as to his intentions. The administration intentions are by no means so transparant. Does anyone know for sure what the u.s. is doing in Iraq? Does anyone think that the warrentless domestic spying program is the limit to this administration's skullduggery?

Osama is definitly an enemy of the American people, but in many ways so is the Bush administration.

blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 3:53:14 AM
re: Light Readers Don't Love Osama Amusing hysteria.

Tell you what, do a Google search of Echelon Clinton and tell me what you find.

Look here: http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/... and see what it says

See here: http://www.askcalea.net/calea.... Look at the bottom and tell me who was POTUS at the time and who was the majority party in the Senate

Click here: http://www.editorandpublisher.... and see why you shouldn't believe everything the liberal media reports on

hiskiyad 12/5/2012 | 3:53:02 AM
re: Light Readers Don't Love Osama I really do not see the point, what's the whole fuss about? What's so bad about the Law Enforcement Authorities checking on our Call Detail Records?

This is not a neighbor eavesdropping to hear what you are saying about them or what you are having for dinner.

This is about your government agencies, entrusted to protect your lives, trying to stop those who have something against those lives.

Maybe this makes a good material for LightReading articles.

I really do not understand how half the country can oppose to give yet another means to the officials to make it a little bit easier to track the criminals.

Or does the public believe that it is better to get the criminals at the spot of the action, when they are about to commit it?

Trust your country, it has strong and healthy foundations of democracy, and if the time calls to give up a bit on your privacy, let the professionals do their work.
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