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‘Troublemakers’ are in trouble

Dear Editor:Those who excuse the Bush administration for spying on U.S. citizens, claiming that it’s necessary to protect us from terrorist attacks, fail to recognize the possibility that the spying has extended beyond al-Qaida suspects to ordinary citizens deemed “troublemakers” by the Bush team.Take my case for example. I’m a 48-year-old Caucasian woman, who by all outer appearances is no threat to this nation’s security, but in May 2002 I joined a peace organization. I was very vocal in my opposition to the impending war on Iraq and wrote over 100 letters to the editors of several newspapers. I visited Iraq in December 2002 on a peace mission, which was then illegal under economic sanctions. While in Iraq, I made several phone calls home. When I returned to the U.S., I exchanged calls and e-mails with Iraqi friends. I also began selling an Iraqi artist’s paintings and wiring the money to her in Baghdad.Because these actions might have made me the target of a NSA investigation in which secret wiretapping could have occurred, there is the risk of eventual arrest and imprisonment by an administration that considers me a threat to its ability to sustain this illegal and immoral war.Personally, I would feel better knowing that my case had gone before a FISA court, rather than being left to the discretion of an administration that has repeatedly deceived us, and in trashing our constitutional rights, threatens the very freedom it claims to be protecting.Sue GrayCarbondale

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