While the letter written by Mr. Mike Mason of Cedaredge appearing July 17 certainly repeats his Fourth Amendment opinion, regrettably the higher level of citizen privacy that existed prior to the World Trade Towers terror attack of 9/11 did absolutely nothing to identify or prevent this horrible terrorist event.
Mr. Mason has assured us that Mr. Snowden has taken exactly the same oath of allegiance to the Constitution so his actions are acceptable but has not told us that Mr. Snowden has signed additional non-disclosure security documents which he chose to disregard.
While I enjoy reading how taking the oath administered by the military guides Mr. Mason's direction in the world, that same oath and my military combat experience in another country has shown me just how valuable securing our country and citizens from harm actually is. That same military oath also includes "obedience to orders of the president of the United States." President George Bush did sign into law the act which allows NSA to look at you. The U.S. government is, thankfully, hard at work trying to provide for the safety of its citizens while a few citizen groups would prefer a return to a form of government inadequate to identify those who would harm us. I realize that I don't fully understand such a belief system that reduces detection of terrorists, but then I didn't understand the Luddites either when their world was changed by the actions of others.
I am surprised Mr. Mason has not taken offense at the higher level of security in airports we now experience. This is done to screen and identify terrorists who would harm us. Yep, body scans, body searches, luggage X-ray and physical searching of checked baggage. No warrants there and done by a federal agency or their agents. Intrusions into our "private" lives, yep, they are, but they seem to be working to identity those who would harm us. It is too bad we have to do all this. I hope Mr. Mason has a better plan that can keep us safe and eliminate all the security expense and intrusion into our "private" lives since none of it is anything I really enjoy or like paying for.