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April 18, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Intrusion into our lives is too much

First the IRS targeting conservative groups, then the Justice Department snooping into the records of reporters, and now the government targeting all of us via the monitoring of our calls.

The questions to ask are: How much more can the American people take of the intrusion into our privacy? When does the outrage manifest itself? What will it take to flood the offices of our senators and representatives with phone calls, emails and letters voicing our dissatisfaction with the outreach of the Patriot Act?

I am beginning to wonder whether the CBS program “Person of Interest” is fact or fiction.

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  1. The multiple on going,rapidly spreading and invasive power intrusions by the Obama administration, and the weak past diligence of Congressional oversight and investigative committees, have left Americans personally abused and exposed to a raging out of control, and increasingly corrupt Executive Branch.

    As for the oversight committees, they so far have failed to exhibit the political strength, penetrative effectiveness and investigative skills needed to bring arrogant and power abusing Obama officials to make revelations about their misconduct,mismanagement, power abuses and inexcusable unaccountability for their own management activities. In the final analysis they all confess to a lack of knowledge of or accountability for their own job performance responsibilities. This increasing is eroding public trust in the government, creating a sense of futility among the governed. This condition cannot stand without dire consequences to our Republic.

    The picture unfolding is one of contempt and arrogance by Executive Branch officials, and an out of touch President who exercises little effective management oversight and control over his own organization.and shields himself from scrutiny. The President and his chief officials,including the Attorney General in particular, seem to be more intent on erecting protective barriers to conceal their abuses than they are in identifying and preventing them.

    In a democracy based on Constitutional guarantees to rights of liberty and justice, these behaviors and misconduct cannot be tolerated. In the end the American people must be aroused into action, and hold their elected representatives to be accountable or, alternatively, to remove them. Otherwise we will all sacrifice these rights, and the government will assume them instead.

  2. Bob:

    Obama's rhetoric doesn't jibe with his reality.

    Carmine D

  3. Carmine

    So right you are.


  4. The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

    How naive some of you paranoid people are. This is nothing new. Government and corporations have been spying and collecting data on us Americans for generations.

    If one very large successful attack occured on American soil you'd all be screaming "why didn't Obama protect us!" You lost your crap when Boston was bombed and blamed Obama for that. A few of you hypocritical clowns would accuse Obama of planting a bomb himself.

    A point of interest, many of you voted to place people in Congress to do your bidding. When invited to hearings about NSA spy programs many of your representatives didn't show, they went home for the weekend.

    "Many senators elected to leave Washington early Thursday afternoon instead of attending a briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and other officials."

    "Only 47 of 100 senators attended the 2:30 briefing, leaving dozens of chairs in the secure meeting room empty as Clapper, Alexander and other senior officials told lawmakers about classified programs to monitor millions of telephone calls and broad swaths of Internet activity. The room on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center is large enough to fit the entire Senate membership, according to a Senate aide."

    You can't ask the government to protect you without giving up some freedom, that's the way it works in today's real world.

  5. The more I hear about Edward Snowden, the more I'm inclined to believe he is full of crap. How would he know about hacking into Communist China's computers or we spied on Brits and others at the G20? If he worked in a department that monitored telephone calls, his department wouldn't overlap into other areas. They don't use the same equipment for intercepting phone calls and data transmissions.

    People on both sides of the fence, right and left, are freaking out. All I see is baseless accusations and a Congress that is only interested in making political points and heading home for the weekend.