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June 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Dick Cheney on Edward Snowden and the NSA

Snowden is not a traitor

This June 9, 2013 photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. [AP Photo/The Guardian, File]

This June 9, 2013 photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. [AP Photo/The Guardian, File]

I find it incredibly ironic that Dick Cheney considers Edward Snowden to be a traitor who puts American lives at risk. [“Cheney backs surveillance, calls NSA contractor a traitor,” News, June 17]

A decade ago, Cheney led the American public to believe that weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq. He used lies and deceit to send American women and men to die under false pretenses. Frankly, it is appalling that this man’s opinion is still registered in the media.

Who is the real traitor: the man who tells the American public the truth about their government’s sweeping surveillance of citizens, or the man who lies to you so that your son, daughter, friend, or family member is sent to die in a baseless war?

Snowden has broken laws, but he has not damaged our national security. His disclosures merely confirm what some Americans, and nearly all terrorists, have probably known for years: all of your electronic activities and communications are being monitored and stored by the National Security Agency. All of it, no matter who you are.

To believe that terrorists have not been using encrypted communications to circumvent this for years is very naive. These leaks have not changed their tactics, nor has our national security been compromised.

Max Seman, Kenmore

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