NSA has not broken law to collect controversial data

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have been following with interest the letters from your readers regarding the Edward Snowden issue. I have never weighed in on events like this, but I feel that I must this time.

Some of your readers have inferred that the national Secuirty Agency broke the law by collecting the private email and phone records of U.S. citizens. Well, they are wrong! In 2001 George Bush and Dick Cheney crafted the Patriot Act. The act was overwhelming passed in both houses. Section 215 of this act authorizes the NSA to collect the private data, thus, the NSA has not broken the law, indeed they have followed it.

In my opinion the real problem is the fact that many of U.S. citizens are too lazy to keep up with what our elected officials are doing. If we were more involved on a daily basis, rather than just election day, we would have fewer problems.

I am printing here a link to the Patriot Act HERE! http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-107publ56/pdf/PLAW-107publ56.pdf

If you do not like this act, then complain to your congressman and senators, and start involving yourselves in your government daily. Give up one hour of television each day and send emails to your elected officials. Go online and look at bills that are being considered by lawmakers, and tell your elected officials how you feel about them.

Charles Akin
San Francisco de Grecia de Alajuela
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