- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It is truly evident that all the information-gathering being done by the current administration is not to prevent terrorist attacks, as it claims (“White House defends NSA collection of Verizon phone records; insists no eavesdropping,” Web, June 6). As a matter of fact, it has been acknowledged that the National Security Agency information gathering may have prevented just one terrorist action. Even that is not a certainty.

I think the American people are justified in their anger over this breach of privacy in the name of protecting this nation. After all, the president himself has stated that the war against terrorism is largely over and that al Qaeda is on the run. Therefore, we can assume that there is an alternate motive for this gathering of information. The Internal Revenue Service and press scandals are just two examples that should make all Americans see that their lives are being monitored through the expansion of the government’s information-gathering system.

Big Brother is alive, thriving and intent on further expansion into our private lives.

DAVE DAHLKE

Port Orchard, Wash.