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Letter: Good things come from curbs on NSA

The National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade,

The National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. on June 6, 2013. Credit: AP

I read the story about how the House of Representatives finally passed a bill to ostensibly protect our freedom of expression from the National Security Agency's blanket interception and recording of our communications ["House approves curb on NSA," News, May 23]. The Associated Press story said the bill actually provides little protection for us. However, two positive things seem to have occurred.

First, there is tacit recognition that Edward Snowden, the leaker of official documents, looks more like a patriot, not a criminal or traitor. Those documents demonstrated the mendacity of many of our officials and the unconstitutional things the NSA has been doing.

Second, this bill lends weight to the argument that this is not a debate over security versus privacy. Millions of Americans and their families who live on the economic edge of society -- who lack nutritious food, good health care and meaningful employment -- are not made more secure by the government listening to their phone calls.

Society is more secure when its people and their children lead healthy, fulfilled lives that inspire them to bless their country, not to deride it.

Robert M. Goldberg, Jericho