I was somewhat disturbed by reports the National Security Agency has been monitoring all phone calls on the Verizon system for years ("Surveillance state," June 7). But like most Americans I accepted it as my government protecting the country against terrorists.

Today, however, I made a point of reading the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution rather than just believing I knew what it meant — and realized how wrong I was.

I recommend that citizens of this country obtain and review a copy of the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, before formulating an opinion on major issues such as this.

Bob Eberwein