Letter: Loss of Freedom Is No Joke

To the Editor:

Tom Brody might rather read about temperatures in Kansas than the tribulations of Edward Snowden (“Stories About Snoopers are Snoozers,” June 23). His sarcasm aside, the Snowden case represents the loss of First and Fourth amendment rights, which to me is no joke. And if we lose the Fourth, how can the Second be safe?

Far too many Americans appear to be snoozing when it comes to their civil liberties. How many Jews in 1939 Germany thought that if they did nothing wrong, there was nothing to worry about, as I hear so many naive fools say? They did nothing wrong and had plenty to worry about, as do we, but this lesson has been lost.

The government is clever; it directs our attention to the “evil” regimes outside our country while stifling all forms of dissent at home, usurping our rights in the name of security and fighting terrorism. Is it just coincidence that our government wants to refashion the Middle East to its desires without the democratic consent of the American people? Therein lies a rub that gives me hope. Most Americans still support individual liberty over collective nationalism, i.e., fascism. Popular support for pre-emptive militarism seems to be waning despite the barrage of government propaganda.

Dan Leggett



Letter: Stories About Snoopers Are Snoozers

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

To the Editor: Hendrik Hertzberg, a most talented writer and profound thinker who plies his trade with The New Yorker, suggests that the revelation of the National Security Agency’s “gigantic programs of cell-phone and Internet information-gathering” has the world “riveted.” Well, perhaps, but there must be other readers besides me who haven’t actually been all that riveted by the NSA’s …