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February 4, 2014
It's illustrative that the people who run the National Security Agency consider their biggest threat not terrorists or foreign governments but rather the American people ( "Review, reform, but don't reject the NSA," Jan. 18). If anyone had any doubt that this is an un-American, rogue agency threatens our democracy, this statement removes it. It's time for the American people to recognize that the greatest threat to this country is not terrorists, and it certainly isn't whistle blowers.
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NEWS
Dan Rodricks | January 25, 2014
Americans who engage in the outrage business - populist politicians, social activists, civil libertarians, tea party hell-raisers, grouchy bloggers, Fox News talking heads, newspaper columnists - relish an opportunity to bash the government. Actually, almost everyone does. It's practically sport in this country. Displays of public-sector incompetence are particularly entertaining - the stuff of Leno jokes - though, when you think about it, deriving pleasure from bad government is perverse; in a democracy, we have everything to lose, starting with the waste of tax dollars.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, a former Baltimore area resident, should be returned to the U.S. from Russia by force if necessary ( "How can President Obama defend NSA spying on U.S. citizens?" Jan. 5). In 1953, the government hired professional bounty hunters to find and return a high-profile couple after they were discovered hiding in Mexico. Both were given hefty prison sentences. President Obama ought to work on ways to return Mr. Snowden using whatever means are necessary.
NEWS
January 2, 2014
I have seen the future and it scares me and should alarm readers of The Sun. Our way of life and that of future generations are being undermined by the National Security Agency's reach into citizens' private lives. When this agency plans to spend over $40 million for a wastewater treatment facility to cool its massive computer center at Fort Mead, questions need to be raised as to what these surveillance behemoths are being used for ( "Howard County finds a customer for its wastewater: The NSA," Dec. 31)
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
Howard County has agreed to supply treated wastewater to cool a massive computer center being built at Fort Meade by the National Security Agency - a money-saving, environment-conserving deal that officials say could serve as a model for others. The NSA is footing the cost of building a pump station, estimated at $40 million, and will pay the county up to $2 million a year for treated water that would otherwise be dumped into the Little Patuxent River. The station is to supply up to 5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater per day when the NSA computer center opens in 2016.
NEWS
December 29, 2013
It was disappointing to read that President Obama is resisting calls for change at the National Security Agency ("Obama hints at change in NSA phone practice," Dec. 21). Edward Snowden has done this country a great service by revealing many of the illegal activities of the NSA. Instead of the ordering the agency to respect the Bill of Rights, the president fiddles while the Constitution burns. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in an email that "the NSA today is out of control and we need strong legislation to rein them in. In a free society, the government does not collect data on tens of millions of people, 99.999 percent of whom have nothing to do with terrorism.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Regarding your editorial on the National Security Agency, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, newscaster Tom Brokaw asked "why didn't our intelligence agencies know this might happen?" ( "Holding the NSA to account," Dec. 17.) At the time many people said: "We need to do something. " Well, something was done. And now it's wrong? I don't care if my calls, emails, etc., are looked at or listened to. If, in doing so, the agency is able to see or hear about a plot against us, that is a good thing.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
A federal court ruling this week that the National Security Agency probably violated the Constitution by collecting "metadata" - records that show things like who is calling whom, from where and for how long - on millions of Americans' phone and email correspondence has for the first time put the onus on the Obama administration to show why the agency's massive electronic surveillance program is justified. In effect, the court said the government can't have it both ways - scooping up billions of citizens' private messages without their knowledge or consent while insisting it is respecting their privacy rights.
NEWS
December 9, 2013
I could not help note that while reading "NSA tracks location of phones, documents show" (Dec. 5), there was a nearby ad for a cell phone and other electronic devices. Readers should also know that the National Security Agency provides "intelligence" in coordinating killer drone strikes. Later in the same newspaper, was an excellent perspective on this aerial assassination program - "Drone warfare half-truths. " Faheem Younus wrote, "But for every militant killed by a U.S. drone strike, 50 civilians perish, and the U.S. military suffered over 75 percent of its casualties in Afghanistan only after drone strikes surged in 2008.
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