Administration has poor record on issues of trust

Politicians from both parties insist that it’s for our safety that the NSA is secretly collecting billions of phone records and far more internet traffic records. But I have to wonder. These are the same people who couldn’t keep track of the Boston bombers even after Russia warned us twice about them. This is the same administration that still can’t figure out who authorized the criminal “fast and furious” gun running scheme.

This is the same administration that says it doesn’t know who denied security for the Benghazi diplomats and can’t say who authorized the sloppy lies about who launched the attack and why.

This is the same bunch that supposedly can’t figure out who told the IRS to punish its political opponents.

But they can make good use of billions of bits of data from spying on American citizens, right? They tell us, of course, that they’re just serving the public interest with no underlying agenda. And we’re reassured that this massive volume of private data is utterly secure — about a month after they admit that the Chinese military has hacked the U.S. Defense Department and quite a number of major U.S. companies, and even after the young whistleblower admits that he’s been plunking about in this data from Hawaii.

The great thinkers assure us that there is redemption in the details, that if we understood the nuances, that we would appreciate what Big Brother is doing, that the government is competent and trustworthy.

But details have to make sense within a big picture.

The big picture is obvious to any honest intellect that this apple is rotten. Nuanced details might reveal good spots within the apple, but it’s still overall rotten.

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, trading liberty for security will leave you with neither, but why should we worry?

Raymond Woodward

Whitehouse

NSA

While reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph about the NSA spy program I realized how ingenious our federal government is. They have found a solution to the “pat-downs” at the airports. Now all we have to do to get cleared to get on an airplane is give those folks our telephone number or email address and they can look it up on the NSA’s database.

If we have been good Americans, we should be immediately cleared to get on the airplane.

Bob Fowler

Flint

SAMANTHA POWER

Regarding your editorial of Tuesday, June 11, there are some other points to make concerning the Samantha Power’s appointment as ambassador to the United Nations. It is my opinion that Susan Rice was named as a national security advisor so she could not be called to testify under oath on any committee concerning the Benghazi, Libya attack. We may never know who changed the talking points, as Rice would be able to answer this question.

The editorial did not state that Samantha Power is married to Cass Sunstein who until 2012 served as the president’s “regulation czar.” This was the person in charge of the more that 15,000 new regulations.

Also the editorial did not cover any of the past statements that Power has made concerning monetary support from the U.S. to Israel. She is on record saying that Israel should not be receiving any money for military support and that the money should be going to Palestine. If President Obama has his way the U.S. will be completely involved in the Syrian Civil War within the next 6 months — if not sooner.

David Carder

Flint

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