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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Controversial NSA surveillance tactics

The government is protecting its citizens

Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Gen. Keith B. Alexander testifies about NSA surveillance before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. [AP Photo/Charles Dharapak]

Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Gen. Keith B. Alexander testifies about NSA surveillance before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. [AP Photo/Charles Dharapak]

I’m sorry so many Americans feel like their own government is spying on them. [“NSA director says attack against Wall Street foiled,” News, June 19.]I do not feel like our government is spying on me. I feel like it is doing the best it can to protect me and my family from fanatics and lunatics with bombs.

Perhaps the greatest success of international terrorism is the extent to which it has made us distrust our own government.

Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom

Democracy is leaking away

I am surprised to see that if an individual “rats” on illegal spying by the United States government on its citizens — with some lame excuses — she or he is pursued as doing great harm.

This tells me that our treasured democracy is leaking away. I’m afraid it has been for quite a while. That is how empires fall. Alas!

Paulita Bernuy, Seattle

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