Robert L. Deitz and Michael Mantyla say Edward Snowden should have gone to his agency’s inspector general. Have inspectors general ever taken the whistle-blowers’ side against the agencies that pay their salaries?

Both writers believe we are menaced by sinister forces that would do us ill. But we have learned again and again that people everywhere are most hurt by their leaders, ours included. Driven by vanity and corrupted by power, they scheme with and against each other in secret until wars result. Perhaps by publishing their plans, present and future Snowdens may stop the progression from planning to war.

Charles W. McCutchen ’50