Former federal government contract worker
Snowden's revelations generated public outrage among a commanding majority of voters, which forced President
The Supreme Court decision in Gravel vs. United States (1972) provides senators with an absolute constitutional shield from executive retaliation for disclosures made in the course of their legislative duties.
Bruce Fein, Washington
The writer, an associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan, was counsel to Edward Snowden's father.
It is encouraging to read of the NSA reforms put forth by three prominent senators. However, the fundamental issue is the ability of successive administrations to choose what they want hidden from view.
I propose making secrecy public, its parameters posted for all to see.
Some matters and functions of our government should, of course, remain secret; for example, the negotiating positions of those interacting with their foreign counterparts, and the workings of the CIA.
But we need to move toward a public standard for secrecy; in an open society, what is kept secret must be agreed on, not imposed.