The National Security Agency spying scandal has outraged many Americans, but a majority are kind of OK with it. According to a new Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll released on June 11, 56 percent of Americans found the collection of telephone metadata "acceptable" and 62 percent said investigating terrorist threats is more important than personal privacy.
As if to prove the point, a new Obama meme centered on the controversy has gone viral.
Titled "Obama Is Checking Your Email," it features photographs of the president looking at computers and mobile phones. The most popular, with 385 notes, features a little girl standing back as Obama reads her computer screen. In second place, with 302, is an image of the president and top advisers, including senior advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, laughing out loud as they check out a computer.
Not everyone can find humor in what most agree is a very serious matter. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the administration that calls for an end to the "dragnet" collection of phone logs, which it claims is illegal, and the deletion of those records.
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