Re "NSA chief says surveillance foiled attacks, disclosure harms nation" (Page A8, June 13): In light of the revelations about the collection of data on U.S. citizens, what we need is an unclassified discussion of whether Americans want what the NSA is doing at the cost of the loss of privacy.
The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most wasteful, ineffective intrusions in our lives. Couple this with the Patriot Act and its unintended loss of privacy and constitutional rights, with no meaningful oversight.
If Congress does not get the full information it needs, then we are at the mercy of federal departments with the attendant possibility of abuse. I am very disappointed with members of Congress who take the position that Edward Snowden is a traitor and must be prosecuted.
-- Donald DePasquale, Newcastle