I believe that the U.S. Constitution is a brilliant document. It has guided us through good times as well as difficult times, and has enabled America to become the greatest nation in the world. However, I am not a ‘strict constructionist’. I prefer to think that this document should be interpreted by its original intent. The constitution was penned over 200 years ago. It is not conceivable that the founders of this country could have imagined the technical advancements made and the global circumstances that exist today. I hear people presenting the argument that the First Amendment and other articles of the constitution prohibit much of what our intelligence community has determined is necessary to preserve the security of our country. It seems to me that our elected officials in Washington could unite long enough to pass legislation that would enable the various intelligence organizations and our law enforcement agencies, including the military, to temporarily suspend that which the strict constructionist would vehemently resist. Yes, yes, I understand that congress does not have the authority to amend the constitution. But a temporary suspension of a small portion of our founding document, under the present circumstances, would afford all of us a significantly greater level of security. We can later decide whether the constitution should be amended as prescribed by the procedure that is an important part of the very same document discussed here.