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July 26, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Our lawmakers are the real traitors

Every day new revelations come out about how big a dragnet our government has used in gathering private information from, on, or about American citizens; as well as how our government has violated not only our trust but our constitutional rights, and I for one am angry. I believe Americans are in for even more shocks as the Guardian publishes more information given to them by Edward Snowden, and there is going to be hell to pay.

Some of our elected representatives are calling Mr. Snowden a traitor, but they have that backward. Familiarity breeds corruption, and now we know why our elected representatives refuse to institute term limits. Every single one of them who knew the government was breaking the law and violating our constitutional rights in gathering this information is a traitor and should be not just impeached but thrown out of office and into jail to pay for their crime.

The old saying, “absolute power corrupts, absolutely” has never been more true.

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  1. The multiple on going,rapidly spreading and invasive power intrusions by the Obama administration, and the weak past diligence of Congressional oversight and investigative committees, have left Americans personally abused and exposed to a raging out of control, and increasingly what appears to be a corrupt Executive Branch.

    As for the oversight committees, they so far have failed to exhibit the political strength, penetrative effectiveness and investigative skills needed to bring arrogant and power abusing Obama officials to make revaluations about their misconduct,mismanagement, power abuses and inexcusable unaccountability for their own management activities. In the final analysis they all confess to a lack of knowledge of or accountability for their own job performance responsibilities. This increasing is eroding public trust in the government, creating a sense of futility among the governed. This condition cannot stand without dire consequences to our Republic.

    The picture unfolding is one of contempt and arrogance by Executive Branch officials, and an out of touch President who exercises little effective management oversight and control over his own organization.and shields himself from scrutiny. The President and his chief officials,including the Attorney General in particular, seem to be more intent on erecting protective barriers to conceal their abuses than they are in identifying and preventing them.

    In a democracy based on Constitutional guarantees to rights of liberty and justice, these behaviors and misconduct cannot be tolerated. In the end the American people must be aroused into action, and hold their elected representative to be accountable or, alternatively, to remove them. Otherwise we will all sacrifice these rights, and the government will assume them instead.

  2. We get the government we elect.

    Carmine D

  3. More ignorance demonstrated here. The NSA is not "gathering private information from, on, or about American citizens." They are gathering information on phone numbers. They don't know and won't learn who the callers are unless and until they have probable cause of criminality or terrorist activity and judicial approval to do so. When last I checked, criminality and terrorism are not constitutionally protected activities.

  4. Americans surrendered their "rights" with the Patriot Act, a long time ago. This Act was passed during a time of great national anguish and duress. Sadly, the American Citizen had little to no comprehension of the long-term consequences of this Act. As with everything, when there is compromise, there will good and bad.

    Americans want the assurance that they can dwell in this country with little concern for their safety. They have to give up their personal privacy as a trade off. Nothing is free.

    Take comfort that while we rest, those who work for our government are monitoring for anything that is out of the ordinary. They take bulk data and search for outliers that have a potential to do harm. Only when it sticks out like a sore thumb, will it get further scrutiny. They say such surveilence prevents terrorist attacks, and for the most part, that has been so.

    It is the potential abuse by some rogue within the government, that we are probably more concerned about. Such an individual can cause a person or their family a great deal of grief, to which, they have little defense because of the potential to alter or destroy primary data sources. THAT is the only thing Citizens should be requiring more safeguards with their personal and private information.

    One abuse few are talking about in the corporate/private sector is DATA MINING, all in the name of the almighty capitalistic dollar. You and I lost our information and privacy with this invasion a long time ago and are unable to do much about it.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  5. Dear Ms. Stone....I don't know where you have been since implementation of the Patriot Act, FISA, and other measures but your letter suggests that you have not been paying much attention. For the past 12 years a variety of civil libertarians of all political stripes and some members of Congress have warned that the laws and courts were going to far in allowing unlimited and warrantless monitoring. While you were watching Beavis and Butthead or one of the Kardashians stripping her panties off on a sex tape, many thoughtful people were challenging both the Bush administration and the Obama administration. Now that you have awakened from your television induced stupor, just what do you propose should be done?

  6. Absolute power to destroy our economy on another front. Spending mega-millions to warehouse data (and manipulate the data) RATHER THAN TRACKING FOREIGNERS entering, exiting this nation. Rather than enforcing our laws. Rather than DEPORTING ILLEGALS who are sucking us dry.

  7. wharfrat - "For the past 12 years a variety of civil libertarians of all political stripes and some members of Congress have warned that the laws and courts were going to far in allowing unlimited and warrantless monitoring. While you were watching Beavis and Butthead or one of the Kardashians stripping her panties off on a sex tape, many thoughtful people were challenging both the Bush administration and the Obama administration. Now that you have awakened from your television induced stupor, just what do you propose should be done?"

    I couldn't express my sentiments any better. Far too many people gather information from the boob tube and "reality" television shows. We presently have the least effective Congress in modern history. Is there a need to wonder how that happened? Intellectual curiosty is dying in this great nation being replaced by "fools on the Hill"; what a damn shame.

  8. People in this country suffer from short-term memory loss. The Patriot Act was put into place to deal with
    a rapidly expanding global terrorist threat. Trains have been blown up, buildings have been blown up, nerve gas was put in the subway system in Japan. Thousands of lives have been destroyed and there have been disruptions to the global financial system.

    When people say they will accept less security for less intrusion what they really mean is that they don't care if their neighbor gets blown up as long as it's not them.

    I've never met a crime victim that was happy about their circumstance. Individuals want to be safe 100% of the time. They will accept 99% security for their neighbor.

  9. People constantly talk about the massive overreach yet I haven't heard a single name mentioned. Give me some names of people that have been spied on. My guess is that it's no more than a few hundred in a country of over 300 million people. I would love to know how many search warrants have actually been issued by the court pursuant to the governments data collection programs.

  10. This may be off topic, but I can't help from laughing as I think about it.

    If you people are freaking out about our first black president, what will you do when Hillary is elected? It's very likely considering the GOP is alienating many voting groups. Their remarks about women, minorities, the poor, and the working class only damages the GOP image and ideology.

    A woman and a Clinton in the White House! It might drive you completely insane, and many of you are already walking the razor edge.

  11. Future - "The Obama IRS voter suppression program did get Obama elected but the Obama brand FAILED to get the House back."

    Please explain how the IRS suppressed voting.

    Millions more votes were cast for Democrats than Republicans, unfortunately gerrymandering held the house for those on the right. That is the major reason we have the worst "do nothing Congress" in modern history. That is a fact, unlike some of the other nonsense you rant about.

  12. If any one but Future (at 9:24 a.m.) tried to claim "If conservative can't win why did liberals and Democrat order the IRS after conservatives" I'd respond with six words: "Name a name. Prove your claim."

    But Future operates from pre-written statements and disdains "proof."