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May 2007 – In the war against terrorism, what’s the trade-off Americans are confronting between security and privacy?

“So many people in America think this does not affect them. They’ve been convinced that these programs are only targeted at suspected terrorists. … I think that’s wrong. … Our programs are not perfect, and it is inevitable that totally innocent Americans are going to be affected by these programs,” former CIA Assistant General Counsel Suzanne Spaulding tells FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith in Spying on the Home Front.

9/11 has indelibly altered America in ways that people are now starting to earnestly question: not only perpetual orange alerts, barricades and body frisks at the airport, but greater government scrutiny of people’s records and electronic surveillance of their communications. The watershed, officials tell FRONTLINE, was the government’s shift after 9/11 to a strategy of pre-emption at home — not just prosecuting terrorists for breaking the law, but trying to find and stop them before they strike.

President Bush described his anti-terrorist measures as narrow and targeted, but a FRONTLINE investigation has found that the National Security Agency (NSA) has engaged in wiretapping and sifting Internet communications of millions of Americans; the FBI conducted a data sweep on 250,000 Las Vegas vacationers, and along with more than 50 other agencies, they are mining commercial-sector data banks to an unprecedented degree.  More at PBS.org

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Letter from Poland (Full Version)

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A Dutch documentary about the crash of TU-154 near Smolensk, Russia, the questionable investigations, manipulations, and social-political ramifications for Poland and Eastern Europe.

- Dr. Andrzej Nowak, PhD, Historian, The Jagiellonian University, Krakow, member of Polish Academy of Sciences
- Tomasz Sakiewicz, Editor, “Gazeta Polska
- Capt. Janusz Wieckowski, Pilot, with over 20-years experience in flying the same type of airplane that crashed near Smolensk, Russia
- Zuzanna Kurtyka, wife of the late Dr. Janusz Kurtyka, President of the Institute of National Remembrance
- Joanna Patocka, Chariwoman, the “Ruch 10 Kwietnia”
- Marcin Roszkowski, Member, the “Ruch 10 Kwietnia”
- Dr. Przemyslaw Zurawski, PhD, Former Official in the Polish Ministry of Defense
- Viktor Yuschenko, former president of Ukraine
- Bronislaw Wildstein, Journalist
- Dr. Jacek Trznadel, PhD, President, The Polish Katyn Foundation
- Vladimir Bukovsky, a prominent Russian Dissident, neurophysiologist, author and political activist
- Witold Waszczykowski, former Deputy-Head in the Polish National Security Bureau
- Dr. Norman Davies, PhD, Historian, University of London
- Edward Lucas, Journalist, “The Economist”
- Piotr Naimski, advisor, Energy Security Body, the Chancelory of the President of the Republic of Poland
- Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Chairman, PiS, Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc

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  • m.cusumano@hotmail.com

    One should consider that the U.S. is famous for these types of “accidents”. I don’t think Russia would do this, with the Smolensk connection so obvious. But the U.S. would want to play up this connection to cast attention towards the Russians.

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  • Philip


    Majority of Polish speakers are radical Zionists.

    Piotr Naimski is a Franist Jew.

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  • Rita

    A very one-sided presentation.
    Who was responsible for boarding half of the Polish goverment on the plane? It was against domestic and international laws.
    Who was responsible for arranging that fatal flight? It seems that nobody was expecting this plane in Sevierny airport. There was no Polish ambassador from Moscow waiting for the arrival of the Polish President. Did pres. Kaczynski have official invitation from the Russian president? How does the diplomatic protocol work?
    Most of those speakers show very strong anti-Russian sentiments whch does not allow any independent assessment. And the georgian story as presented by the guy on the film is totally false. It was Georgian army which attacked sleeping Ossetians. Lech Kaczynski made a fool of himself in Georgia.
    And Poland had no choice but to have CIA prisons for some terrorist suspects from Muslim countries. Poland is not an independent state. It is a CIA pawn.

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  • The answer is here:
    Just read and count how many times the I.P.N. is mentioned (and its president Janusz Kurtyka). This institute (and Mr.Kurtyka) were responsible for ALL investigations after the “collapse” of communism. Suddenly, after Mr.Kurtyka (and supporting his actions President Kaczynski) died in the crash – I.P.N. diverts from investigating crimes of Communist era to the “old horse” of investigating Nazi crimes against Jews. Do your math!!!

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  • Doug Diggler

    I’m not buying it, not for a minute. I think at this point in Poland’s long, sad history that it is not Russia that is f**king with it. The entire point of the trip to Katyn was for Russia to mend fences with its longtime rival and occasional vassal (and long ago master), Poland. Furthermore if you look at the long-term pattern, far more folks who have been gumming up the works for the CIA have died in these mysterious air crashes than folks the Russians and Soviets wanted dead. The Russian method of choice seems to be poisoning that looks like a heart attack. Also who is encircling whom? Russia certainly is not in an expansionist phase, but NATO really is.

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  • I have 4 or 5 editions of the post crash coup d’ gras of survivors including the fleeing videographers. They were murdered.

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