Surveillance too wide
Regarding Howard B. Slaughter Jr.'s letter “NSA OK” (June 28 and TribLIVE.com): It is just not that simple.
First, I would like to thank Mr. Slaughter for his service. And I am sure all he penned was absolutely correct. However, all the surveillance by the government failed to alert anyone to the murderous intentions of the Tsarnaev brothers, even though they posted incendiary jihadist YouTube videos and attended a mosque that was known to have anti-American propaganda.
Personal and sensitive emails, tweets and photos have been used to further an agenda by embarrassing or otherwise discrediting an opponent (think Gen. Petraeus and Eliot Spitzer). There is indeed a fine line between privacy and national security. There just needs to be more evidence of intent for the surveillance than a “we'll listen to whomever we want to” attitude.
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