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I recently read that President Obama reads ten letters a night from the American public, and actually responds to those letters.  I don’t know if it’s true, but I intend to find out.  Here’s a letter that I’m sending to Obama, spurred by this recent article.

Dear Mr. President,

I voted for you. Not only in the final vote, but in the primaries as well, I was on your side. Even in the early stages of your campaign, when you were just an unknown Senator from Illinois, I was rooting for you and defending your positions on so many issues. I have been loyal to you from the first moment I read your official positions on political issues, and realized that this was the candidate I had been waiting for–A politician who truly believed in the ideals of honesty, hope, justice, and freedom.

So it was really a sad moment today when I discovered that your Justice Department plans on continuing the warrantless wiretaps that so enraged the American people under the previous administration.

I can’t say that I understand the position that you’re in—Your job is one of the most important in not only the country, but the entire world…It simply blows my mind just to imagine having that kind of responsibility. And I can definitely understand the logic that goes toward this decision. If you release a warrant saying you’re tapping the wires of suspected terrorists, it will be incredibly ineffective. And the idea that freedoms such as privacy can be suspended in the name of public safety is one that I can follow as well. However, I beg you to reconsider this stance.

The right to privacy is one that every American holds dearly, and it cannot be suspended for a reason as weak as this. The warrantless wiretapping has proven under the Bush Administration to be fairly useless at taking down terrorists. We’ve barely arrested any suspected terrorists since the wiretapping began, and the war against terrorism in the middle-east has barely shown any progress at all. We’re no closer to finding Osama Bin Laden either. So you need to ask yourself, is it really worth the damage it will cause to the constitution to do this? Do we really need this useless tool at our disposal, at the risk of our basic freedoms?

In the end, the decision is yours. I can’t make the choice for you. But keep in mind that your position is yours only by the grace of the American public, and that your obligation is to us. If you ignore the voices of the people now, they may attempt to ignore your voice in the future. There are consequences to every action, and this decision is not exempt.

I do trust you to choose the right path, and I hope you’ll prove to be the President you promised to America.