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Margaret Hoover and Marc Lamont Hill offered their reactions and interpretations to one high school valedictorian’s decision to stand up for his faith.
Hoover offered her unconditional support for the graduate. "This is a valedictorian and his graduation speech absolutely capitalizing on freedom of speech and, by the way, being one of the most religiously observant places in the United States," she said. Lamont Hill, on the other hand, questioned whether the valedictorian’s graduation ceremony was the proper venue for a protest.
Pushing the debate further, Lamont Hill questioned whether the public would be having the same debate “if that kid had broke out and sort of Fatihah which is the opening of the Quran. People have freedom of religion, people also have freedom from religion. I happen to like to the 'Lord's Prayer.' I'm fine with it. But if you're not you shouldn't have to sit through a ceremony where that becomes - in a public school where that becomes part of its meaning."
After breaking the story of the National Security Administration’s data mining program Thursday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined “Piers Morgan Live” to share his critical perspective on the classified program.
“The bottom line is that the United States government now has phone records and other records of tens and tens and tens of millions of Americans who have nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with terrorism,” the senator said in response to the program that claims to serve as a preventative measure in the war against terror.
“I want our law enforcement people to be vigorous and aggressive in going after terrorists, but we can do that without undermining the basic constitutional rights that have made this a great and free country.”
Seriously concerned with the Constitutional right to privacy, articulated by a number of outspoken critics, Sanders demands a reconsideration of the legality of the program: “If we believe in freedom, if we believe that you and I have the right to live our lives without the government knowing what we are doing, then we have got to have a serious debate on this issue and in fact, we have got to change the law.”
As more and more information unfolds concerning the National Security Agency’s data mining program, Piers Morgan invited attorney Alan Dershowitz and former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes to offer a better understanding of what’s been happening and why should the American public be worried.
“We need to have firewalls. We need to create balances,” Dershowitz demanded, “We need safety. We shouldn't ever trust. But we need to think hard about this and strike the appropriate balance. We shouldn't overreact by taking away from our government essential technological powers.” Admitting despite his reservations that these programs “do in fact protect us.”
Fuentes “freaked” Morgan out with his Orwellian reminder that with or without government involvement these companies compile massive amounts of personal information. “They're tracking your spending every day. They're tracking everything, where you go, what you do now. When you get on your computer tonight, when you get home on your personal computer, those pop-up ads come up for you. They're geared toward the way you've spent money on the Internet, the way you've shopped, the sites that you've visited. So these companies already have that.”
But as Dershowitz reminded “there's a big difference between 15 different companies trying to use the data for their own personal use, and the government having it in one place.”