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Rick Boyd, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Published July 12 2013

Letter: Snowden is not the primary issue

It appears that The Forum has fallen into the trap in the debate of whether Edward Snowden is a “hero” or a “traitor” or something else (Leafy Spurge, July 8).

Such a discussion is a waste of time. Snowden is not the issue. What we should be debating is the government’s program of spying on anyone or everyone: Is it a violation of privacy, according to constitutional principles?

I would welcome an intelligent constitutional discussion of this issue in The Forum and leave Snowden out of it.