The opinion of Mr. Mike Mason of Cedaredge re: "Edward Snowden: Patriot or traitor?" of July 3 certainly glorifies the behavior of a self-admitted spy and traitor working against the best interests of the United States and the majority of its citizens. Regrettably, the world of today is not the same world the creators of our Constitution and Bill of Rights experienced or could have possibly imagined.
We now have people that commit high treason who can become a news showboat, jet around the world to avoid penalty for their crimes and those who call them "patriots."
The communication tracking to detect terrorists was greatly expanded under policy of President George Bush following the unannounced and cowardly terrorist attack of 9/11 which killed hundreds of innocent people due to our lack of knowledge for contact between terrorists in other countries and those hiding within our own country. The real crime would be the government not taking this step to prevent another such horrible act. The disclosure of government operations by Mr. Snowden has put many people at risk and made the process of terrorist identification more difficult since they will now burrow deeper and be harder to detect.
Mr. Mike Mason of Cedaredge apparently feels defending a spy who admitted he sought employment within a top secret organization to learn their internal operations, state secrets or methods and expose them is a good thing to do. Well fine, we have two new "patriots" in the world I'd never turn my back on. Frankly, I feel sorry for Mr. Mason who seems to think only he can interpret the Constitution for us and has forgotten our court system is empowered to do exactly that and thankfully does so for the best interests of the majority of U.S. citizens.
NSA itself admits over 50 terrorist plots were detected and prevented. Is this a bad thing? No, it is a good thing. While I don't like the idea of someone collecting information about me I happen to think their process is a small price to pay for avoiding another terrorist attack. While Mr. Mason identifies Clapper, Holder, Obama and Hillary as people for which jail is a good thing I humbly submit Mr. Mason would screech to the stars if they were doing nothing and another major terrorist attack took place.
Perhaps Mr. Mason has something to hide from our government and their ongoing search for terrorists. I could care less about NSA logging my phone calls or internet activity because there is nothing to hide at my house, in my behavior or transmissions to others. I see the NSA data search as similar to having law enforcement on patrol waving their radar gun at me just to check and see I'm not speeding. After all, the radar does make our roads safer for all when it identifies high risk activity. Mr. Snowden is not a patriot.