Re Obama retains spying activities, with limits (Page A1, Jan. 18): President Barack Obama's speech regarding the National Security Agency came off as expected. He basically told the citizens of the United States and the rest of the world that the NSA is going to keep doing what it does and there isn't anything we can do about it. Who would have thought a president would need to promise to stop spying on our countrys allies? The NSA is just a small part in the failed war on terrorism. Terrorism kills fewer people per year than heart attacks, car crashes or natural disasters. Yet we devote trillions of dollars to a fight that can't be won. Maybe if the United States stopped creating the problem abroad, it wouldn't have to fight it at home. When a drone strikes a small Pakistani village, I wonder who those people think the terrorists are.
-- Aaron Futerman, Sacramento