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June 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Federal government tapping into digital data

There are limits

If the government wants to read my email, go right ahead. [“Investigators target how leaker got top-secret data,” page one, June 11]

If they want to listen to my phone calls, no problem. If they want to know my political leanings, check my yard signs and bumper stickers.

But what happens between me and my doctor is strictly off-limits!

Rose Laffoon, Shoreline

Government is entitled to information

Ours has become an impatient, self-indulgent, paranoid society.

This recent NSA whistle-blower is a poster boy for those who want to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to personal security and individual freedoms.

I believe that if the public is forever demanding government transparency and the “right to know,” the government itself is entitled to some information if we expect it to do its job in protecting our well-being in this technological, cyber-terrorist point in our history.

Thomas Camfield, Port Townsend

The government should be held accountable

If the United States government did not have a long history of lying to the people and committing crimes against them, there would be no need for whistle-blowers.

This country has a very sordid history, starting with taking land from Native Americans and enslaving people from Africa. It does not surprise me that people who are willing to disclose violations on the part of the government have a lot of support.

Congress is and always has been an instrument of those who fund it. Presidents can only do so much or they may face death, as in the case of President Kennedy.

All the corruption from the dawn of history has been because man seeks power to dominate others.

I think young people like Bradley Manning and now Edward Snowden have had enough of the lies and violations of common decency that are so prevalent in today’s world.

I am glad Europe is demanding an explanation of what the U.S. has been doing. It is the price the country must pay for ignoring President Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex. This country, like many others, needs to move away from the past and into a future where there is great respect for Earth and those who inhabit it.

George Whitaker, Bellevue

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