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Traitor or hero?

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

These NSA revelations are making for strange bedfellows.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazil President Dilma Rouseff are absolutely beside themselves. Prime Minister David Cameron hasn’t made a peep. Once Vladimir Putin stopped giggling about the Snowden affair, he came down on the side of the NSA.

In this country, assuming the spectrum spans traitor to hero, I see few people sitting on either pole. It seems to be an issue that has liberals, conservatives and judges breaking on both sides. I think some find themselves dumbfounded by a breach of trust, while others shrug their shoulders because, “That’s the way it is.”

It’s like having your parents tell you they’ve been reading your diary because, well, because they are your parents and know what’s best. You love your parents but all of a sudden the relationship has been changed permanently.

I have been vacillating. Yes, I want to be made to feel safe from terrorism, but I don’t know why it’s necessary to share my inner thoughts.

Espionage is a fact of life. Technology is a fact of life. The question is can a line be crossed when it comes to privacy, or is all fair in love and war.

Steve Moore


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