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Letter: Not reassured by Obama's safeguards

President Barack Obama speaks in San Jose, Calif.

President Barack Obama speaks in San Jose, Calif. (June 7, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

It doesn't comfort me to read that President Barack Obama "strongly defended the government's secret surveillance" of Americans as a means of safeguarding us ["Defense of surveillance," News, June 8].

This is a man who finds out what constitutional rights the IRS is violating only by watching the nightly news, ignores cries for help from a U.S. consulate in Libya before the brutal murders at Benghazi, and continues to add lie upon lie concerning the hidden aspects of Obamacare.

He seems to be going through his job in the dark, yet suddenly he knows what's best for us? And what's best for us, in his opinion, is to spy on us? He says, "We're going to have to make some choices as a society." I don't recall being offered any choice. I don't recall volunteering to surrender my constitutional rights to government agencies.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Thank you, Mr. President, but no thank you. I would rather retain the rights guaranteed and protected by the Constitution, which was conceived by men like Benjamin Franklin who knew the dangers of an intrusive government.

Dolly Kalhorn, North Babylon


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