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Letter of the Day: Police state

  • Daniel Ellsberg speaks at a rally supporting Bradley Manning in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

<b.Police state</b>

EDITOR: A big thank you for publishing Daniel Ellsberg's column on Edward Snowden ("Snowden made the right call," Tuesday). This column is one of the most important pieces of journalism I've yet to read on the NSA/Snowden affair. It clarifies where our country's ideals of freedom were in 1971 and how far away from any of those ideals we have come in the past 40 years.

It tears my loyal heart in two when Ellsberg recalls being released on $50,000 bond and his own recognizance compared with Wikileaks defendant Bradley Manning being imprisoned for three years with no charges and eight months in solitary confinement.

Ellsberg stated that what Snowden "has given us is our best chance . . . to rescue ourselves from out-of-control surveillance that shifts all practical power to the executive branch and its intelligence agencies."

Face it or not, folks, we are living in a police state. Ellsberg's column is our wake-up call.

MARYLOU SHIRA HADDITT

Sebastopol


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