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Published: Sunday, Aug. 18 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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SEY
Sandy, UT

Mr. Liepman is a die-hard CIA warrior who is blinded to the damage our intelligence services have done since their inception. He might call such things "incidental" or "collateral" in an effort to minimize their negative effects. In truth, the mission of the CIA has extended far beyond mere intelligence gathering. It has become the President's private and secret army that follows his command to engage in unconstitutional adventures throughout the world. Iran, Chile, Vietnam and many other countries have been victimized by these covert operations. Edward Snowden, along with Bradley Manning and other brave whistle-blowers, has done and is doing more to shine the light on these unconstitutional and immoral activities than any so-called "oversight" committees ever did or will. I hope more brave insiders have the courage to follow their example to force our government to return to its constitutional limits.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

Wow. This is maybe the best column I've read this year. It comes through when people have credibility in the subject matter, and they're genuine in their views.

Very impressive, and a must read for skeptical or anti-government Americans.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

The problem people have is that there seems to be no accountability and when whistle blowers uncover things there have been NO consequences for the people that did something illegal or unjust. None.

Who is in jail, the pilot that shot the journalists in Iraq or Bradly Manning that let us know about it?

Who is in exile, the perpetrators at the NSA that commited 2,776 violations of privacy rules or court orders since 2011 or Snowden?

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

@SEY
that pretty much sums up my thoughts too. This letter is comes off as quite a well worded defense. However it falls way short. The vault of data which the author deems worthless is not worthless, its worth the most. The mere fact that the data base exists will create a desire to access it by other companies/agencies/individuals. Sure, the author might be true in his intentions, can he defend other people's intentions? No.
If the data is so worthless, why not destroy it on a regular basis? Why pay millions to put it on a server farm? The farm will have a power bill that exceeds some cities. Tell us that.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

The further the events of 911 recede into the past, the easier it is to forget why the NSA was assigned a surveillance role in homeland security. Complacency sets in with a false sense of security that 911 was an anomaly that’s not likely to happen again. We all hope that proves to be the case. But in an uncertain world, the Government with responsibility to protect Americans must be ever vigilant against those wishing to do us harm.

Che
Payson, UT

Did anyone notice who he writes this for? The LA Times. Makes me question anything he has to say.

He protests far too much, government is wonderful, etc., etc. A second negative that causes me to question his motives.

He speaks of how wonderful the people are who work in the CIA. Sir, that's not the point. It's the one's who run it that we as citizens have a concern. I've watched many times as what is known in life is overlooked by others....until you cross them. Then that so unimportant, little thing is brought to bear, and you're finished.

Your are clueless sir.

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