Point missed on why surveillance results

Published: February 2, 2014

It's easy to tire of Leonard Pitts' liberal whining against perceived injustices against blacks, society, etc., but I usually read his column just to see what he's saying. Plus, he occasionally makes some well documented points that are noteworthy. But in “Government claims on spying don't hold up” (Commentary, Jan. 24) his one-sided point of view misses the point. He cites a New America Foundation report saying, “Surveillance of American phone metadata has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism and only marginal impacts on preventing terrorist-related activity ...” Of course there's no evidence because the terrorists know their phone and Internet conversations are being watched so they're forced to use other means of cumbersome communication, or none at all!

Can Pitts imagine what a bonanza would be handed to terrorists if our government announced it would no longer monitor such communications? They'd be unfettered in organizing all kinds of dirty tricks against U.S. citizens, with relative impunity. Pitts should quit whining and start thinking straight.

R. William Bird, Edmond


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