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NSA spying is unconstitutional [Letter]

It was sad to read that a court has approved the National Security Agency's spying on American citizens ("Judge upholds NSA phone scrutiny," Dec. 28).

The agency is gathering "intelligence" on me when I make phone calls and collects the dates and phone numbers called. This is an illegal search and seizure, yet a federal judge in New York ruled that it is constitutional. The only reason would seem to be that he was protecting the NSA.

What have I done that permits the NSA to seize my private data? What warrant was issued to justify this intrusion into my private space? Thankfully, a few weeks ago a judge in Washington ruled that the collection of phone and email "metadata" probably does violate the Constitution.

Those of us in the peace and justice movement will continue to condemn the excesses of the NSA, recognizing that dissent is protected by the Constitution. However, our dissent may actually attract the attention of the NSA. Unfortunately, our legislators have proven incompetent to rein in the NSA. Our last hope is the U.S. Supreme Court, but unfortunately its track record makes me very concerned.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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