I left two important sentences out of my letter to the editor about the dangers of this surveillance scandal (“Giving up freedom,” The Daily Astorian, June 21).

Internal, intensive surveillance was used by the Nazis and the KGB Russian state to bring about a reign of terror in each country.

In the name of the promise of “security,” they destabilized their societies, which had previously provided secure ways of making a living and stability for the lives of their citizens.

These police states left horror in their wake, political and religious persecution, mass killings, hatred and divisiveness, torture – a total nightmare for their citizens.

Extensive, pervasive internal surveillance without person specific warrant not only violates the U.S. Constitution, it violates several of the Ten Commandments.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods/property/business /privacy/correspondence. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not murder.

Surveillance without person-specific warrants is stealing our privacy and our security.


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