I am perplexed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the National Security Agency’s sweep of phone logs goes beyond what Congress authorized in 2001 to combat terrorism under the Patriot Act [“NSA collection of phone data ruled unlawful,” front page, May 8]. But the terrorism of the Islamic State is more brutal and more sophisticated than the terrorism we faced in 2001.

On May 7, FBI Director James B. Comey , in speaking about a Garland, Tex., shooting, said that the Islamic State’s recruiting strategy — personal outreach through Twitter and slick application of other social media — is threatening to “outpace the government’s capabilities across the intelligence community.”

This does not seem to be the time for the U.S. Court of Appeals or the American Civil Liberties Union to curtail the surveillance activities of the NSA or the FBI. If combating terrorism requires strengthening the wording of the Patriot Act, so be it. 

Bob Olmstead, Greenville, S.C.