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Change comes to the NSA

We should always be suspicious of the machinations of the National Security Agency ("NSA reorganization to combine offense, defense," Feb. 7).

The NSA says it is going to reorganize by "pulling together information to supercharge eavesdropping efforts while helping to fend off hackers."

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So the agency will jack up its eavesdropping? How is this keeping us safe? Listening in on Angela Merkel will keep us free?

Apparently the CIA is also undergoing reorganization. Both developments may stem from the massive breakdown in the intelligence community that led to the failure to detect the 9/11 terrorists. It still galls me that none of the directors of the two agencies resigned after those attacks.

However, I do not believe that the CIA incorrectly concluded that Iraq's government possessed weapons of mass destruction. It is my opinion that the CIA analysts reported that Iraq had no such program. Yet the Bush administration, bent on invading Iraq, created bogus intelligence that led to what was possibly the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history.

I suspect another matter unaffected by the reorganization is the NSA's economic espionage of countries such as Germany and France.

Real reorganization would mean that the director of the NSA and his counterpart at the CIA would take a public pledge to stop violating the U.S. Constitution. I am not holding my breath.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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