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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the letter “Snowden: Hero not traitor” (July 11):

Letter-writer Kathleen Bollinger surely isn't naive enough to believe big brother is watching only now. Let's go back to the '50s and even the '40s.

Yes, it's true. The government has been snooping in our business for years. Had it been snooping more closely, maybe Timothy McVeigh wouldn't have killed all those innocent people and Major Nidal Hasan wouldn't have gone on his shooting rampage.

I believe Edward Snowden has given out secured information wherever he has stopped. The retired head of the KGB was happy to have him in Moscow, and does anyone think he was in Hong Kong for a Chinese dinner? The reason no one has wanted him is he's a liability that has consequences. This might change Ms. Bollinger's odd understanding of what a hero really is. He doesn't qualify.

The problem with the public is that they don't understand that, when you take a job requiring a security clearance, you read and sign certain agreements that include penalties for violating those agreements. You do this freely, knowing the responsibilities of it.

Maybe Mr. Snowden thought the government was going to overlook it. Hardly.

Is Snowden a traitor? That's for the legal system to decide. Did he break the law? Yes. Did he break the requirements of his security clearance? Yes. That's how I see it.

Regarding Bollinger's statement that she'd take her chances with the terrorists vs. the Obama regime, maybe we should go back in time and put her at the Boston Marathon or at the World Trade Center because she just doesn't get it. Terrorists don't care.

I see the government's snooping as a necessary evil and, if saves one life, it's worth it. I have nothing to hide and I don't know anyone who has been blackmailed.

Bollinger shouldn't turn against the country that's given her her freedoms. She might not want to know how she got them.

Jack Juris


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