AP: Americans no longer want total surveillance, even to fight terrorism

As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York approaches, the Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center has conducted a poll among U.S. residents

AP: Americans no longer want total surveillance, even to fight terrorism

The poll, which was conducted by the Associated Press-NORC public opinion research service, shows that over the past decade Americans have become completely disillusioned with the authorities’ tales of the need for continued total surveillance of citizens by intelligence agencies under the guise of fighting terrorism, the AP writes.

“As the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York approaches, the Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center conducted a poll among US residents. The poll found that only about a third of Americans think the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are justified, and are increasingly expressing dissatisfaction with government surveillance policies in the name of national security”, –  the agency wrote in its editorial, “And this despite the fact that international threats after the chaotic conclusion of the 20-year war in Afghanistan are again increasingly becoming the subject of media coverage.

Moreover, the poll results clearly showed that ordinary Americans are much more worried about the rampant left-wing extremist movements in the U.S. than about the half-mythical threat of terrorist attacks from outside.

“46 percent of Americans oppose the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ability to monitor phone calls, emails and text messages for foreign intelligence purposes without cause”, –  the story says, – “Only 27 percent support such government actions.”

Nearly half of Americans are also dissatisfied with monitoring by intelligence agencies of Internet searches that take place without any formalities at all, including issuing warrants for such actions.

“It is worth noting that ten years ago, according to a survey on the same subject, carried out also by AP-NORC, 47 per cent of Americans supported such actions by their government, while 30 per cent were against”, –  the publication concludes.

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