A Marine Responds to NSA Ruling

August 19, 2006


Hello Victoria,

I guess right now that I am at a total loss of words. I enlisted in the Marines on Sept. 12th, 2001 because I was so outraged at what had taken place, and I wanted revenge. I wound up being sent to tankers school shortly after that where I learned to drive a tank and shortly there after was deployed to Iraq.

I was in the initial push up to Baghdad and on, and since then have served two additional tours and am considering going back again. I am home here in Lake Oswego visiting my parents and I guess maybe you can help me understand how it is that a judge in Detroit can make a decision that stops the most powerful man in the world from protecting us as a nation?

When I enlisted almost the whole country was behind what it was that we were doing and demanding restitution for the massive deaths in NY, and it seemed as though every time I would come home on leave, or after my tour was over that politics just got worse and worse. I have seen some of the worst things that a person can see, I have seen and heard stories from Iraqi’s themselves about people being put in plastic shredders feet first without probable cause and other stories that would turn your stomach as to what an evil leader does to a country. I sat and drank tea in their houses and listened as they would told us how they would give anything to live in our country and then go on and tell me things about life under Saddam’s leadership.

I guess that I am at a loss for words as to what’s going on and feel as though I want to go back to one of the only places where things make sense and where adding up one plus one and getting two. Kinda funny I have to go half way across the world to a war zone to find something like that. Where is the outrage? Where are the people standing up to the minority who are making it seem like they are the majority?

I can see it right now as our hands are being so tied by the left, no wire taps, no racial profiling, terrorist rights in Guantanamo and Abu Grahab (where I have been and they ate better then the Marines who serve them). I can just see it now after the next terrorist attack which is eminent……Bush Administration does nothing to thwart terrorist attack, Bush responsible for mass death on his watch…

I just don’t get it, what’s it going to take for us to wake up, and who is one judge to tell the most powerful man in the world no?

Your friend,


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