No, that is a serious question.
Two: The big takeaway was him saying “nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” which is both misleading and impressive as a straw man even by O’s usual standards. For one thing, if WaPo’s report yesterday is accurate, they can read your e-mails with PRISM. The one line from that story that inspired more shivers than any other was, “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type.” Reassuring the public that their phones aren’t bugged when their e-mails can be watched in progress is highly nuanced indeed. Beyond that, no serious critic of data-mining is claiming that it amounts to wiretapping. The criticism is that (a) the bits of data collected from phone records can reveal more than the average person might think, and (b) the slippery slope is real when it comes to surveillance. PRISM is proof enough of that. No one’s listening to your phone calls yet, but give the public a few years to get used to this latest intrusion. Maybe they’ll be more open to that possibility down the road, especially as terrorists get more ambitious.
Which one of you does not understand what the bolded section of that passage means? Ok, I’m waiting….
Let me spell it out to you if you aren’t bright enough to get it on your own. In order for anyone to “watch your ideas form as you type” the US Government or some other entity has to have software on your computer that allows them to monitor what you are doing.
When you are writing an e-mail, it is on your computer until you send it to your email server. If you are writing an article for a website or blog or even commenting on a forum or blog, again, what you are writing is on your computer until you submit it.
In other words, PRISM is a direct straight up violation of your 4th and 5th amendment constitutional rights.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
More importantly, cell phone traffic is all data packet information. Voice over IP technology converts audio files into data packets, transmitted via 802.11 protocols. It is digitally transmitted data. Why do you think that all “Smart Phones” come with built in “speech to text features”?