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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
NSA appears less intrusive than alleged
I’ve been listening to testimony and statements by government officials regarding the Patriot Act and current questions of government snooping on American citizens.
Two officials explained the telephone controversy last week. Robert Mueller, director of the FBI, and Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee explained it this way.
The phone numbers gathered are those given out by the phone companies. They have no names or other identifying information whatsoever. If the National Security Agency gets the numbers of known terrorists overseas, it is allowed to put them through a computer to see if there are any calls to the U.S.
If so, then the NSA must obtain a warrant from the court to look more closely at the phone information. If it appears there is a connection to a terrorist or group, the FBI investigates.
This sounds not as intrusive as first thought, and government’s primary responsibility is to keep citizens safe. However, emails and related Internet information are another question altogether. That’s where the Fourth Amendment may be found to have been violated.
A very delicate balance must be maintained. I believe this is being done, but my mind is open, depending on the evidence.
1946 mine disaster was brought home
Re: the McCoy Coal Miner’s Heritage Day story (“Montgomery Co. displays its coal mining heritage,” June 9):
I lived next door to Perfater’s Funeral Home in Radford, across the New River from McCoy in Montgomery County. I hadn’t remembered the year, but etched on my memory forever is the scene in the driveway in back of the funeral home.
Most, if not all, of the dead miners had been brought to the funeral home, still in their mining clothes. Their bodies were lined across the driveway. I was 8 years old.
I called Mike DeVilbiss at what is now DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford to confirm that the accident of April 1946 was the one I recall so vividly. Indeed, DeVilbiss told me, Boyd Perfater — then the owner of the funeral home, whom I remember well — was so unsettled by the McCoy tragedy that he decided he must sell. In August 1946, Mike’s father, Dan, and his uncle, John, bought Perfater’s.
I suspect residents of McCoy whose family members died know the story of the accident with great detail and accuracy.
However, I will never forget the tragic scene next door to our home on Grove Avenue in Radford.
NANCY ST.CLAIR FINCH
Maybe Hillary can put it all in a tweet
With all of the hype of Hillary Clinton’s newfound expertise as a Twitterer, could someone please tell me of any significant accomplishments she had as either a senator from New York or as secretary of state?
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