The word “intelligence” has many definitions, but here’s the one I’ll use in this letter: “the collection, retention, and dissemination of information about foreign countries and their agents required by the United States (U.S.) government for its foreign policy and national security.” With that said, the bottom line regarding intelligence is the protection of the U.S. Not long ago, Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame boldly stated Google and Facebook engage in “surveillance capitalism” and collect more information than the National Security Agency (NSA). The information Google and Facebook collect is used for many purposes, including targeted advertising toward consumers via smartphones, computers and other electronic devices to increase their profits. But what’s funny, nobody seems to care. Frankly, I’m outraged and wholeheartedly support the collection of information to protect the U.S. and its way of life, but I don’t care to support the corporate bottom line of any greedy corporation. Our Congress should engage on this issue, investigate these corporations, and strictly limit the collection, retention and dissemination of the information they acquire from U.S. consumers. I’m sick of being bombarded by advertisements every time I use my computer.
Robert Blevins, Garden City