Mr. Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Sulzberger:

The Times received a Pulitzer Prize for the story about the NSA monitoring the international communications of al-Qaeda operatives here and abroad. But your paper twisted the story to suggest that ordinary Americans were at risk because of an illegal “domestic spying” program. There is absolutely no evidence that this is the case. You said at the Times annual meeting that you published the story because of concern about “civil liberties.” But what about the civil liberties of those Americans who need to be defended from a terrorist attack? Your story made it more difficult to protect Americans and save American lives. You should return the prize.