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National security not to be politicized, reader says

1/30/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

To quote “Pogo,” “We have met the enemy and they is us!” Precisely what I feared from “day one” when all this over-the-top, nonsensical hysteria about the NSA [National Security Agency] first struck the wildly paranoid nerve of the collective clueless in this country, a dangerous momentum has gone on unabated. Because of out-of-control “political posturing,” I can only say that this country is continuing on the path of losing its collective mind. In terms of protecting us from what constitutes the real threat we face, by messing with NSA’s capabilities in any way we’re going in exactly the wrong direction. Inasmuch as the dangers we face today truly trump those posed against us during the Cold War between actual nation states, anything that further complicates the NSA’s vitally critical mission today is most unhelpful, as it hinders vs. helps us defend ourselves.

This nation’s foremost expert on the topic of the enormity of what NSA means to our national security, retired U.S. Air Force General and former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden, has cogently and most eloquently spoken forthrightly about all of this. A thoroughly patriotic and honorable former senior intelligence community leader and, most importantly, a strident disciple of the U.S. Constitution and strict practitioner of the laws governing the agencies he led, Hayden is an honest broker and entirely worthy of the citizenry’s trust. His consistent, unequivocal views deserved greater due respect, far greater, than the new direction in which we’re now headed reflects.

This is “national security” we’re talking about here; it’s nonpartisan and should not be trifled with nor politicized resultant of some hyped, paranoid hysteria surrounding it.

Bill Fairweather, West Akron

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