NSA's domestic spying isn’t new

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re “Why continue surveillance?” (Letters, Jan. 22): It has been quite interesting to hear all the noise about Edward Snowden’s revelation that the National Security Agency monitored domestic telephone traffic as though the domestic spying is something new. Where were the press and alarmed citizens when the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act was passed by Congress in 1994? This law and others like it opened the barn door. The NSA’s spying on U.S. citizens is nothing new. The NSA has had on-premise access to major telephone company switches for a very long time. Wake up, folks. Big Brother has been watching you. Snowden is a hero, albeit a bit late.

-- Jim Piper, Fair Oaks

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