Column misses the point |

Column misses the point

Jeff Ackerman suggests that critics of Bush’s surveillance policies miss a “larger point” (he, of course, sees it) and that they would complain regardless of the facts. Jeff’s fact source is John Negroponte, (misspelled consistently) Director of National Intelligence. Wow! Haven’t had enough cause to question our government’s “intelligence” or its long list of people and agents we should fear.

Nowhere does Ackerman mention FISA or the core of this dispute – the checks and balances between government branches. Sure we should snoop on terrorists. But if Jeff is going to tell us how to think critically, shouldn’t he even touch on why the administration doesn’t need surveillance warrants? Or on why they should ignore a law (FISA) on the books for 30 years?

Jeff also calls Jimmy Carter a “peanut farmer.” Yes, but he’s also won the Nobel Prize, written several books, started a respected organization which monitors elections internationally, etc. Regardless of what he thinks of Carter, isn’t it somewhat petty, even childish, to belittle him as a “peanut farmer?” Unfortunately, Jeff’s column belittles not only Carter, but also real community discourse and the many folks in our county who do think.

Bruce Sturm

Nevada City

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