4th Amendment’s aim

Posted Saturday, Aug. 03, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein’s commentary (See: “We must keep NSA’s call-records program,” Aug. 1) supporting NSA’s call-records program claims: “It is vital and necessary in protecting our country from future attack.”

In the same edition is an article entitled: “Feds admit seeing call records of millions.” In the Drudge Report on the same day was a link to a story of a family surfing the Internet for information on pressure cookers and back packs. They were visited by an ATF swat team.

Feinstein’s proposal to introduce certain changes to the NSA call-records program will do little to assuage the public concern over excessive government snooping. “Hop,” “chain,” and “PRISM” are methods and programs recently revealed that snoop on Americans’ private records. They also snoop in the social media. It’s doubtful that Sen. Feinstein or any other member of Congress has a clue as to how much snooping (spying) actually occurs.

In light of the obfuscation, stonewalling and outright lying about scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi, Associated Press and Fast and Furious, why would anyone trust the government (or Congress)?

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution was not written to protect us from terrorists. It was written to protect us from government.

— Clyde Picht, Fort Worth

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