Monitor receivers of government assistance

Published: September 22, 2013

The enormous information-gathering capabilities of the National Security Agency could be used to benefit the working taxpayer. So far, we that know invasion of privacy for the average American is likely through email, text and phone monitoring. This information, along with our Google searches, is kept in a way that can be permanently stored and readily accessed.

As a working taxpayer, I believe these capabilities possessed by the American government should be used in a way that benefits me and tracks the tax dollars I pay. NSA should monitor every American who receives government assistance. Taxpayers should know that every person getting tax dollar aid is indeed a legitimate qualifier, worthy of our collective assistance. We would also learn who the truly needy are and be able to concentrate our assistance to these deserving individuals.

Those receiving a helping hand would understand this money comes with stipulations concerning their privacy. By accepting tax dollar assistance, the recipient realizes their activities and spending history would be monitored by the NSA to continuously scrutinize eligibility.

By doing so the taxpayer would have peace of mind about their hard-earned tax dollars going to legitimate recipients and our government's spying capabilities could be utilized for the benefit of those paying for it.

K.B. Flaniken, Midwest City

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