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September 20, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Does the truth make you feel safe?

We the people are told by our government servants that they need to conduct surveillance on us to make us safe yet Edward Snowden, who is not a terrorist or a traitor, and armed only with a thumb drive and knowledge, has shaken the rafters of the most powerful nation on earth in the history of the world!

And this Herculean task was accomplished by simply revealing what our government is really doing to we the people!

I ask you, does this inescapable truth make you feel safe?

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  1. Truth doesn't make us feel safe, justice does. Sometimes the two intersect and we are safe. In the absence of justice, Americans must know the truth whether or not justice prevails from the knowledge.

    America must also have and keep secrets. People in charge of the secrets must tell us the truth about the need for the secrets and they must be trusted to do so with the truth.

    Carmine D

  2. I feel much less safe when someone uses the trite and pedantic "we the people" twice in one letter. Mr. Snowden has not, based on the reaction by professionals and politicians of all manner, shaken our foundations. The information may have surprised some people but, quite frankly, they are the usual suspects who read little beyond the headlines. These survelliance programs have been around for many years, growing increasingly complex and encompassing. Perhaps the writer remembers J Edgar Hoover's spying regime, Nixon, LBJ, etc. Several organization on the left and right and center have been monitoring and challenging the FISA court and the expansion of government survelliance. Mr. Snowden's revelations are shocking only in that a narcissistic twit could snatch this information and get it published. To me this farce speaks more to the dangers of turning over American security to the corporate sector than anything else.

  3. El_Lobo - "Hmmmmmmmm...I see Future is up bright and early this morning, spewing his usual "big lie" type posting..."

    You must forgive him, he suffers from ODS, Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    Why are people surprised the gov't. has been spying on us? They've been doing it for generations and what's changed is the technology. How easily we've forgotten J. Edgar Hoover and his tactics. Those of you whining about losing rights should have thought of that when the Patriot Act was signed into law.

  4. David is as crazy as Snowdon. Shaken rafters? He's a pimply faced kid that got 20 minutes of fame. Now he is going to spend the rest of his life regretting what he did and living in a hole.

    What has changed? Absolutely nothing!

  5. Hoover's COINTELPRO was a wonderful case of illegal spying. There were actually some names to go along with the accusations. photographs, wiretaps, hookers, all the good juicy stuff.

    Snowden has nothing.

  6. People seemed only concerned about the government snooping on them, with Snowden's accusations of such.

    I'm more concerned about what documents he gave the Chinese and Russians and what he told them about CIA operations and personnel.CIA personal may have had their lives placed in danger at this time for what Snowden has done.

    This in no way makes him a hero. Only two words for what he has done describes him. Traitor is one, and coward of the country is the other.Run and hide are his only options.

  7. I MIGHT agree with the first sentence of Future's opening tirade. The balance is typical Future male bovine ordure...