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Another form of tyranny

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

So now we have yet another government scandal, the NSA data-mining, this time touching on something even bigger than the IRS “targeting” (note that it's not called “profiling”) conservative citizens.

Anytime a government entity inhibits its legal citizens' right to freedom of speech/expression of ideas by the threat of spying/monitoring/data-mining or retribution, it is a gross violation of the First Amendment. I really don't care about the excuses given (terrorism) for this mass data collection, as it still is a form of government tyranny.

Maybe it's an attempt to boost U.S. Postal Service letter circulation, instead of email — oh, wait, who's to say the government doesn't monitor your mail as well? What's next? Censorship?

George Orwell, call your office, while you still can.

Greg Massung

North Huntingdon

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