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July 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM

U.S.-German relations: Stand for our principles that create world order

Jacob Heilbrunn’s guest column is alarming [“The German-American breakup,” Opinion, July 16]. As a World War II veteran and Seattleite who dropped everything in 1952 to help Germany re-enter the modern world, then stayed on in diplomacy to help develop the new European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty, I feel as if it…


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May 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM

NSA: Don’t expect government to stop spying

The bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to address the NSA’s bulk collection of American phone records mentions halting the collection of “to and from” data from American landlines [“House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance,” Politics, May 22]. Why the heck are we still arguing about landlines? Most Americans stopped relying…


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January 7, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Edward Snowden: Obama on the wrong side of history

While I generally support President Obama, his position on Edward Snowden sure puts him on the wrong side of history [“2 newspapers call for clemency for Edward Snowden,” News, Jan. 3].

World opinion increasingly hails Snowden as a hero, and it’s become quite clear that this is how history will view him. The president really needs to do an about-face on this one or risk future generations putting him in the same mental folder with the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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August 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden

Who is the enemy? Both Pfc. Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have been accused of “aiding and abetting the enemy.” I’ve noticed that the powers that be are a little vague on who, exactly, this enemy is. Who is the enemy in the case of National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping? Is it al-Qaida? No, they already know…


Comments | More in Politics, Public safety | Topics: al-Qaida, Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden

June 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Controversial surveillance tactics used by the NSA

Transparency could prevent abuse of power When the National Security Agency reviews huge masses of our personal communications, it’s dangerously naive to insist that the status quo is safe from abuse. [“Espionage charges for Snowden,” page one, June 22.] During the 1960s and ’70s, my mother and other Seattle-area leftist political activists were the targets of…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: due process, Edward Snowden, freedom

June 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Dick Cheney on Edward Snowden and the NSA

Snowden is not a traitor 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…


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June 17, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Former CIA worker leaks National Security Agency data

Snowden the watchdog Since when is columnist David Brooks a psychiatrist? He fails to justify why the government listens to and tracks Americans’ phone and Internet activity [“Edward Snowden: betrayer of trust,” Opinion, June 12].Despite spending billions of U.S. dollars on security, Brooks can’t explain why 9/11, the Boston massacre, foreign hacking into our government’s…


Comments | Topics: CIA, Edward Snowden, information