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Old 06-09-2013, 07:21 AM   #136
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http://yahoo.usatoday.com/news/washi...ax_x.htm?csp=1

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NSA secret database report triggers fierce debate in Washington

WASHINGTON — A massive government database containing the phone records of tens of millions of Americans — reported by USA TODAY on Thursday — marks the modern intersection of two powerful emerging forces: terrorism and technology.

And the firestorm sparked by disclosure of the National Security Agency project mirrors a debate that dates to the nation's founding, and before, over balancing the interests of the government with the rights of individuals.

"It's an issue of our times — a huge issue," said Clayton Northouse, editor of Protecting What Matters: Technology, Security, and Liberty since 9/11, published last month.

"In the lead-up to 9/11, a lot of the terrorists left a lot of information trails that could have potentially been tracked down. ... But then we bump up against the need to protect civil liberties in this new environment. How can we maintain people's privacy while maintaining the usefulness of the information?"
Oh wait this story is from 2006. All you conservatives complaining now shouldn't have supported the Patriot Act in the first place. Some of us tried to tell you.
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