THE EDITOR, Sir:
With the knowledge that the United States agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, I am forced to wonder if they bugged mine also. I hope if they did, it was when I called my mom in Jamaica and told her I love her. Then I hope they will broadcast that around the world and put mom's photo with it too. By doing so, the world will know that my 87-year-old mom has a son who dearly loves her.
That aside, since the US Department of Defense are so efficient in their wiretapping, perhaps they could tap the cell phones of the lotto scammers in Jamaica that they are so outraged at. I have heard stories of virtually illiterate kids in Jamaica who are calling my fellow Americans and having them send money all the way to Jamaica in hopes of getting a lump sum in return. Poor Jamaicans. Several US congressional representatives have made the case for prosecuting the Jamaican scammers, none to prosecute the American fools.
May I add that in addition to prosecuting these scammers, it would be good to tap the phones of those Americans who are being scammed to send their money to Jamaica and prosecute them for stupidity? Or is there no legal statute criminalising stupidity? If not, why not? US taxpayers are currently being heavily taxed. Our taxes are being used to go after those who are involved in the scam. Might it not be easier to solve the problem by making it unattractive, perhaps painful, for Americans to be so stupid? Additionally, they may consider hiring the Jamaican scammers to run the NSA. By so doing, they may kill two proverbial birds with one stone. Rather, three: the drug dealers also, who manage to get so much drugs into the US.
What a pity this universal wire-tapping was not used in the 1970s and '80s. For the hundreds of people who were savagely butchered for politics islandwide in Jamaica, perhaps someone (politicians?) would be in jail for those crimes. Considering all I have heard that politicians have done to the Jamaican people, particularly the youths, some wire-tapping might indeed have helped in prosecuting them. By the way, sir, when do you think we may hear what the NSA heard on Portia's or Andrew's cell phone?