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Freedom vs. privacy I

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Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

We all know that tyranny is a constant in the history of human governance, perhaps even in human nature itself. Any thoughtful person would immediately recognize the danger inherent in putting “government” in control of all written data.

Data can easily be corrupted, altered or taken out of context — misused and abused. The current IRS scandal demonstrates the ease with which politicized government employees can abuse their authority and punish innocent citizens. It is flat-out wrong to provide “government” with more overwhelming tools to do so.

Like everyone else, Edward Snowden, who leaked details of two National Security Agency surveillance programs, has only his own moral compass to guide him, and I can respect the choice that he made in this case, dangerous though it might be.

Our national anthem ends with the question: “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” I am concerned that the answer might be “no.”

Richard J. Krauland

O'Hara

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