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Pat McMahon

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OK, here's what annoys me and what doesn't annoy me about us -- that is, the U.S. -- spying on them...that is, everybody else.

I think it's comforting to know that our intelligence technology allows us access to the communications of our enemies, especially their private phone calls. Even then, just within our country's borders, in order to tap the phone of a suspected criminal, law enforcement must get the permission of an officer of the court.

Internationally, why would it ever be necessary or desirable to secretly invade the private messages and conversations of our allies? Even if the leaders of France and Spain and Germany don't agree with us on specific issues, let them tell us directly.

I despise the idea of America sneakily hiding behind the drapes, listening to a friend's private conversation. Who could possibly give an OK for that kind of surveillance? Why, it shouldn't be anyone less than the president of the United States.

But, hold it! They're saying the president didn't know it was going on. And you know, if true, that's the most disturbing thing of all.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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