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August 7, 2013

Letter: Security is necessary in time of war

To the editor:

The recent unauthorized leaks over the National Security Agency’s surveillance program have caused an public uproar.

How short-minded we can be? After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush warned the world: “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists,” period. We are at war against the terrorists.

Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida is a global radical militant Islamist organization. He declared war on us and called for global jihad (a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law).

The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers by al-Qaida and the hijacking of four passenger airlines killed almost 3,000. It was the deadliest incident on our land in the history of the United States. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 killed 2,402 and wounded 1,282 Americans.

The NSA’s domestic surveillance program intercepts our private emails and logs our phone calls. It’s possible that the NSA is listening to some phone calls. All that we know for sure is that the NSA has been requesting information about our phone calls.

On July 4, while most Americans were on vacation, another secret program was disclosed. Mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service is tracked on the Automated Facer Canceler System. The program copies images of every mail piece — front and back — for use by law enforcement.

Our enemies have declared they want to harm us and our friends. However, the public must exercise good judgment. As of today, we are still at war!

John Pollard

Haverhill

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