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Monday's Letters to the Editor

<b>A 'Constitution man'</b>

EDITOR: I disagree with James C. Pera ("Snowden's a traitor," Letters, Thursday). Edward Snowden didn't go to a foreign country unless you call Glenn Greenwald a foreign country. And he only requested asylum because he could not receive a fair trial anywhere in the jingoistic atmosphere that Pera's letter indicates.

When Greenwald writes his new book on the National Security Agency and its unconstitutional practices, the focus will be where it belongs, on the NSA and not on the whistle-blower.

Everything changed after 9/11. If we all agreed it was OK to give up our privacy for a little safety, that would probably be the end of it. But some people believe their private lives are worth dying for. That is what Snowden stands for. He is more of a Constitution man than most of us.

As for politicians, they are in alliance with security first, Constitution second. For them the idea of preservation is more important than Jeffersonian idealism.

ED ROSENTHAL

Santa Rosa

<b>Vigilante injustice</b>

EDITOR: Apparently anybody can shoot somebody if they feel threatened, even if they created the threat in the first place. The trick is to make sure to kill them so there is nobody to question the claim of "self-defense." Under those rules, nobody is safe from vigilantes. A great day for justice, indeed.

BETH WARNER


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