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July 23, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Question motives of Snowden, writer

Does Edward Snowden really believe his actions, as a whistle-blower, were leaked to make the public aware of our government’s abuse of our civil liberties? If public opinion is that Snowden’s actions deserve whistle-blower protection while Pfc. Bradley Manning is being tried for treason, then public opinion (as usual) is mistaken. It’s questionable that Manning and WikiLeaks jeopardized our national security by exposing our helicopter slaughtering civilians in Iraq while Snowden actually exposed our PRISM program.

As for me, I don’t care if Big Brother logs every phone call I make. I’ve got nothing to hide, especially when it comes to national security. I’m glad to hear that there is a PRISM program to log calls and monitor cyberspace in an effort to protect this country from worldwide terrorists.

If Edward Snowden was really concerned about our civil liberties, why did he go to China (note the irony) for asylum? In addition, why didn’t Glenn Greenwald, the British journalist, discuss Snowden’s revelations with the White House to ensure that our national security wasn’t compromised? I question both of these men’s motives.

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  1. Mr. Seminara, good letter. I'm really beginning to wonder about Snowden and his statements. I'm under the impression he doesn't know squat.

  2. "As for me, I don't care if Big Brother logs every phone call I make. I've got nothing to hide. . ."

    Seminara -- then either you don't understand your privacy protected by the Bill of Rights, or you're just willing waive yours. But you don't get to waive mine, nor diminish its limits on our government.

    "Is this 1984, or what?" -- the Honorable Alex Kozinski, now chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in the Unabomber case (2001)