Whistle-blowers don’t get fair trials

The Star printed an editorial May 31 that claimed Edward Snowden could have a public trial to “argue the legitimacy of his motive and the gravity of the danger of the NSA’s unchecked power” to peer into our private lives. But that’s exactly what he could not do.

Daniel Ellsberg, the first American to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act, writes in the Guardian UK that no one who has exposed classified wrong-doing can get a fair trial because the accused can’t testify in court about their intent, lack of damage caused or benefits of the release of information.

Ellsberg himself was not convicted and imprisoned only because the judge declared a mistrial and there was no chance for re-trial on grounds that the prosecution was fatally contaminated by illegal wiretaps and break-ins.

The Espionage Act needs drastic reform or the public will never learn about government acts that violate the Constitution. It’s those acts that must be reined in, not the courage of whistle-blowers.

Joan Weimer

Retired professor, Tucson

Benefits clear with Eller impact study

Recently, La Posada engaged the Eller MBA College at the University of Arizona to do an economic impact study for our organization. How fortunate Tucson is to have a program such as this. The students were remarkable in their passion to learn, and the faculty was an excellent partner in their educational development. La Posada found the engagement to be mutually beneficial, and we were proud to be involved with the professional development of the up-and-coming work force.

We look forward to our next opportunity to work with the Eller program, and encourage other businesses to explore this unique resource available in our community.

Lisa Israel

CEO of La Posada at Park Centre, Inc., Green Valley

UA will learn from graduation mistakes

The UA’s spring commencement ceremony had some hiccups. Lots has been made about it in the local media, on social media, etc. People need to know that the folks behind the ceremony did their absolute best to provide a great experience for the students and their families, and, as can happen with big events with lots of moving parts, there were some speed bumps: long lines, issues with water availability, etc.

I suspect the planners have been agonizing over every detail and are already working hard to make next year’s event a huge success. My message here is that everyone needs to take a deep breath, step back, throttle down the rhetoric and don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

The UA has many capable, extremely hard-working people on top of this thing, and they will get it turned around. Mark my words: next year’s ceremony will be awesome.

Matt Adamson

Educator, Oro Valley

Does McCain believe his own remarks?

What exactly does John McCain believe?

Regarding Russia, John McCain advised the president to target individual Russians, their bank accounts and their ability to travel. And, he would throw them out of the G-8, making it the G-7.

Obama does exactly that. McCain snickered, “Well, G-7, I’m sure that that has reduced Vladimir to tears, that he’s not going to be able to be in the G-8. Take over a part of a country, and you don’t get to go to the next meeting in some wonderful European capital.”

Asked about this rumored prisoner exchange of terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl, McCain said, “I would support such a thing…. I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.

After the fact, McCain states, “This decision to bring Sergeant Bergdahl home … is ill-founded, … a mistake, … putting the lives of American service men and women at risk, and that, to me, is unacceptable to the American people.”

Who is John McCain? What does he believe?

Sheldon Metz

Retired, Tucson

Thank you for D-Day coverage

Thank you Arizona Star for your coverage of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Having landed on Omaha in July of 1944 I can relate to every comment that was made.

William LaBar

Retired, Tucson