2) Four out of six happened either before or during the time in which the US supported Iraq.
If they studied their paper money for clues as to what their country was all about, they found, among a lot of other baroque trash, a picture of a truncated pyramid with a radiant eye on top of it, like this:
Not even the President of the United States knew what that was all about. It was as though the country were saying to its citizens, "In nonsense is strength."
The "we supported Iraq then" argument is incredible to me. I guess the fact that we teamed up with Stalin in World War 2 made our hard stand in the cold war hypocritical. Plus, seeing as some settlers killed Indians, we have no right to call on others to stop killing innocent people. Yeah, whatever.
I assume your dad was also in the military at that time. The tracking of private phone calls does not equate to miltary examination of letters and censoring. And AWA, feel free to vent on my musings, I will survive.