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Obama should rein in the NSA


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 20, 2013

~~<p>The right to privacy is essential to a free, self-governing society. Excessive surveillance and unjustified secrecy threaten civil liberties and the public trust, undermining the foundation of American democracy and the very vitality of the United States. No government agency, even if it protects national security, should be above the law.</p>
<p>Those core beliefs were true before Islamic terrorists struck the United States with unprecedented force on Sept. 11, 2001. They remain true today, obscured though they have been these past 12 years, as the United States' retaliation for those attacks morphed into a global war on terror.</p>
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The right to privacy is essential to a free, self-governing society. Excessive surveillance and unjustified secrecy threaten civil liberties and the public trust, undermining the foundation of American democracy and the very vitality of the United States. No government agency, even if it protects national security, should be above the law.

Those core beliefs were true before Islamic terrorists struck the United States with unprecedented force on Sept. 11, 2001. They remain true today, obscured though they have been these past 12 years, as the United States' retaliation for those attacks morphed into a global war on terror. Login for more...



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