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NATION: Whistle-blowers perform valuable service

Letter by Bill Nerin, Gig Harbor on July 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm with No Comments »
July 5, 2013 1:16 pm

I read Peter Callaghan’s July 4 column about how the formation of our nation was due to citizens, not the military. These citizens declared independence from the world’s empire, England, and then constructed our Constitution of freedom and justice for all.

Ironically we are now the world’s largest empire. It seems all empires serve the benefits of the wealthy rather than the common folk. And so that is what is happening today with our empire.

Fortunately, we have had whistle-blowers such as Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning, Thomas Drake, Mark Felt and others over the years, the latest being Edward Snowden, to tune us in on the secrets of our empire. They risked penalties from the government in order to keep our independence and true democracy alive for the rest of us citizens.

Callaghan is right: The task of maintaining justice and freedom is with us citizens, as it was in the beginning of our nation.

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