Re Obama retains spying activities, with limits (Page A1, Jan. 18): President Barack Obama has finally put some limits on the bulk of spying tactics and phone-collection programs that have violated millions of Americans' privacy, along with the privacy of dozens of foreign leaders and countless allies, for 13 years. Initiated after then-President George Bush took advantage of the mass fear of terrorism following 9/11 attacks, Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the government to monitor mass information with the intention to protect citizens from terrorism. In reality the action taken has only prevented one minor case related to terrorism. While this intention seemed beneficial to the public, the violation of privacy was often used for other means, with which the public would not be content if they knew. I applaud the president's action to limit the unneeded power and violation of privacy of the American government.
-- Connor Nelson, Sacramento