Reason to fear government: National Security Agency

August 28, 2013 

Way before my time, a chap named Paul Revere galloped his horse through a sleeping town, yelling at the top of his lungs "The British are coming!" The wakened township had enough time to get their muskets out and save the town from capture!

Was he charged with disturbing the peace? Not exactly. I was taught in school that he was a hero; they built statues in parks for him and he was generally admired by all.

Now a person made us aware of another equally important threat but veiled from the general public. Pogo described it best when he said "We has met the enemy and he is us." Our own government was taking names and making lists, hacking into our web presence, tapping our lines and in general depriving us of our personal privacy -- by whim, randomly.

History tells us that these are the seeds which, when nourished, are those used to create Hitler's Gestapo with its foot firmly planted on the publics' neck! It could happen again! We hear terms such as traitor, compromising "sensitive" files, etc., etc.

We re-route another country's presidential flight on the off chance that our villain might be on it. Chasing him from country to country seeking asylum, there must be more to hide.

Bill Barnhard

Bradenton

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