NSA spying for good reason

Horrible events have been occurring in our country these past 12 years in which thousands have been ruthlessly slaughtered by terrorists of our great nation.

There is so much pain and suffering caused by these animals it is hardly bearable, not to mention the torture the surviving families of these victims go through.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been in the media as of late with a sour view of the information they collect under their surveillance program, and it is my desire to clear up some misconceptions for the American people.

The NSA collects phone and computer information that will help them piece together planned terrorist attacks and put a stop to them.

By law the NSA is only allowed to collect the information contained on a phone bill, namely the numbers dialed and duration of the call. In order for the NSA to listen in on anyone’s conversation, it must obtain a warrant through a judge, the same as in a criminal investigation. A warrant will not be issued unless the NSA has a valid claim that the phone calls will lead to information of a terrorist threat.

We live in a world in which information literally means the difference between life and death, as we never know when or where an attack will strike.

According to www.heritage.org, over 50 attacks on American soil have been prevented since 9-11 from the NSA using this surveillance program.

Think of how many thousands of lives have been saved already. As far as privacy goes, the only “privacy” that may be “invaded” by the NSA is the privacy of those who are trying to carry out or may be a part of terrorist plots. Do we really want to protect the same people trying to destroy our families?

In order to protect our families and fellow citizens the NSA gathers information before our common enemy can carry out an attack. These, my friends, are the facts of life. Though it may seem an inconvenience for the NSA to collect any of your information, it can save thousands of lives by doing so. Isn’t that alone worth the inconvenience?

Daniel Fordham

Augusta

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