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Letters: NSA data grab and treason

Let's not mince words: Edward Snowden is a traitor right up there with Benedict Arnold and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg ["Lawmakers react to NSA revelations," News, June 9].

Only the most stupid of terrorists and gangsters speaks openly on a telephone, so monitoring of calls is not how these people are caught. Patterns and networks are traced, and files are obtained from terrorist e-mails.

I want all hand-wringing liberals to look at footage of the Twin Towers crumbling on Sept. 11, 2001, and realize that Snowden made the success of a similar terrorist attack more likely.

Alexander J. Kelly, Smithtown

If our government fails to protect its citizens from terrorism here or abroad, by foreigners or Americans, there is always a backlash from the people, the politicians and the press, who say the government is not doing enough.

We can't have it both ways; as reasonably intelligent people, we need to understand that there is a price to pay for increased security that some may not like.

Times have changed. Our government needs to be more vigilant in detecting and dealing with the possible threats of terrorism here and abroad. I don't want to seem naive or unenlightened about the possible consequences of the National Security Agency's latest data grab, but I honestly believe that if you are not committing a crime and have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about. This practice by law enforcement agencies is about keeping us safe and trying to detect possible terrorist threats. It's not about delving into John and Jane Doe's personal lives.

This is so very reminiscent of the gun control issue. It comes down to the argument about the loss of some civil rights versus the loss of some citizens' lives. We need a healthy balance of common sense and understanding on both issues. Let's ask questions and not rush to judge or condemn.

Joseph Bua, Long Beach


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