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A sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., Thursday, June 6, 2013. The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling su
A sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., Thursday, June 6, 2013. The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats."
Patrick Semansky, AP

I have great concerns over the approval by Congress of the covert collection of my private telephone numbers, emails and Facebook information by the NSA. It is amazing to me that anyone would think it is okay to invade my privacy in any way without "probable cause" or "due process."

The fact that the Patriot Act allows this type of intrusion does not make it "legal." There was a time when it was legal to own slaves. It was legal to discriminate against people because of their color, age, religion, gender and more. It was legal to put thousands of Japanese-American citizens in concentration camps. The president and many in Congress defend this practice because it serves a "higher good." I disagree.

My constitutional rights are more important than looking for any terrorist. If you trample on my freedom under the guise of protecting me, you are also taking away one of the most important rights I have, the right to privacy. We have many tools in our box to handle terrorists. Take this one out of the box.

Susan Marzec

Cottonwood Heights