LETTER: Safety shouldn't come at expense of freedom

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Our politicians are embroiled in one scandalous issue after another. First, it was Benghazi, where four Americans lost their lives; there is more to this than meets the eye. Then, it was the IRS focusing on conservative organizations requesting nonprofit status along with Christian organizations and other groups. Quickly followed by the DOJ going after the Associated Press to gather information.

Now, we have the NSA gathering information daily on every American citizen to prevent the next 9-11.

Where is all this going? George Orwell's book, "1984," has taken off on the sale chart at Amazon. It pretty much defines the direction our administration is heading. Now, many of us are truly supportive of the NSA to do as much as they can to prevent atrocities in America. But at the expense of our freedom — I think not! They really need to focus on the real terrorist targets, but that might be considered not politically correct.

Did the NSA solve the Boston Marathon bombing with all their gathered data?  No! They were informed by the Russians, not once but twice, of the two young men who set the bombs. The NSA effectively ignored their warning and failed to follow up with electronic surveillance that might have prevented the carnage in Boston.

Thanks to the Boston police and the FBI for quickly stepping in and solving the Boston massacre. Which leads us to several other terrorist attempts: the NY Christmas bomber; the airline shoe bomber; the Fort Hood shooting — all were stopped by American citizens, not the NSA.

Now, we're asked to "Trust Our Government." You have got to be kidding!

Richard Wilson

Whispering Pines