NC Media Watch

A quest for reason and accuracy in letters to the editor, guest editorials and other issues of interest to the citizens of Western Nevada County.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Real or Imaginary

Patricia K. Burnard is Seeking real protection, October 22, 2005
The last three letters that I have received from my friend have been opened and read by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I feel violated when I see this.
I did a Google search to see if others are complaining of Homeland Security reading citizens mail. This is an issue the ACLU would jump on in a New York minute. We need some more information before getting too concerned about this letter. How does she know that her letters have been read? During W.W.II letters were opened and then stamped to indicate they had be read by censors. We need to know Ms, Burnards letters were marked by Homeland Security. Were they marked as opened? Or, were they unmarked and we have an active imagination at work here.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

I wouldn't be surprised.

"According to a 1995 paper by University of Miami professor Michael Froomkin, the FBI recorded the beliefs and activities of more than one in 400 Americans during the 1970s. Some of this information was collected by illegally opening private letters. More recently, the "filegate" scandal has not yet faded, nor have the heavy-handed violations of civil liberties by the Internal Revenue Service."

Sat Oct 22, 11:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Russ Steele said...

And this lady in Nevada City is so important that the FBI and HLS is opening her mail to a friend in England? Really?

Mon Oct 24, 08:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Importance doesn't impact the decision. Our intelligence agencies scarcely care about real danger, as we know from their monitoring of Greenpeace and the ACLU as well as innumerable peace movements.

Wed Oct 26, 06:06:00 PM PDT  

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