Dear Editor:

Public policy or individual liberty, what is the value of your privacy?

Can you recite the amendments to the Constitution or even name the amendment that applies to privacy?

But, really, what does it matter that the National Security Agency (NSA) records every telecom contact you make (that includes charge cards, subscriptions, Internet surfing … everything). And you give it up freely on Facebook.

Forget our federal representatives: only 47 of 100 senators attended a briefing session after the Snowden exposure. Not a single member of Congress has ever asked for a report on this data program or has an aide cleared to see the extremely complex NSA reports. Even NSA hasn’t the time to actually analyze the metadata received. And, finally, you really do find Amazon contacting you with product pitches regarding your pattern of purchases, as an assistance.

But it’s the scale of the information now amassed that is so ripe for abuse. Yes, I think the threat is part generational. Our current generation of NSA administrators still cling to some belief in your privacy, but what about the next group?

So, let’s ask the Second Amendment crowd why they delude themselves into believing the federal government doesn’t know that they own a gun — likely the number, model, type and calibers. Get labeled as a potential terrorist or militia member and the state, county and city police have that information. So, why are universal background checks a no-no? Mental illness, your secret? Really? Any gun owner who can’t correlate the now public NSA activity is neither intelligent, mature or stable enough to own a gun. The amendments to our Constitution are interlocked. If you want the right of self defense, stop the recalls and defend privacy.

Dave Blake

This story was posted on June 20, 2013.