The Free Press, Mankato, MN

June 24, 2013

We need transparency Obama promised

The Mankato Free Press

---- — I disagree with two points in Tom Maertens’ “My View” editorial, published in the June 20 Free Press, that cautions against limiting surveillance by the NSA.

• Point 1: Maertens states that full-time surveillance has become a fact of life for Americans and that this is a case where constant vigilance is the price of liberty; this is a very slippery slope to go down. The rationale seems to be that “if they are catching the bad guys and I am not a bad guy” then it is okay to spy on all of us.

What will prevent this information being stored from falling into the wrong hands or being used for the wrong purpose?

Well, we are told to just trust the government on blind faith.

What happened to the transparency we were promised by President Obama? Get a judge to approve on a case by case basis the right to take and store our private data.

• Point 2: Maertens claims that the Republicans have been on a witch hunt over Benghazi while Bush was given a “mulligan” on 9/11. Bush was highly criticized, so what was the mulligan? Four lives could have been saved in Benghazi, but “stand down” orders were given.

The tragedy occurred over a course of hours and pleas for help were ignored. Then, we were told by the White House that the incident was in response to a film when the powers that be all knew better (disclosure, right before the election). The president promised to get to the bottom of this but yet there are still many unanswered questions about this “witch hunt” and he remains silent.

Randy Milbrett

North Mankato