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As long as personal info isn’t abused, it’s OK for gov’t to snoop

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As long as personal info isn’t abused, it’s OK for gov’t to snoop Living as we do under constant threat of mass death by subterfuge, and in an era of Big Data, it is not surprising to me that the government is collecting data that helps them separate normal human activity from that which is subversive and dangerous. A president is rightly held responsible by the people for seeing that everything reasonable is done to ...

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June 24, 2013
6:44 a.m.

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Richard Alvarez, You seem to forget that Bill Clinton was briefed on Osama and refused to take him out on multiple occasions. So what you are saying is that the police can stop and search you for no reason, they also can go into your home and look around without a warrant and they can read all of your text, emails and listen to your most private phone conversations. Ben Franklyn said that "When we give up freedom for liberty, we will have neither".

June 24, 2013
6:47 a.m.

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Well Richard its amazing how you pretend to speak about Bush as though you were part of the inner circle. Lets all except what you say as a fact since after all you are a liberal. It is amazing however that you seriously believe a liberal media gave Bush a pass and would never do any such thing for Obama. Simply amazing.

June 24, 2013
8:19 a.m.

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The people who have the mentality that you have nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide- are clearly not thinking that this now completely reverses the "notion" that you are innocent until proven guilty in this country- This wipes out everything this country stands for and confirms our own govt cannot be trusted. Period. Putting serious crimes aside for a brief moment- are all of you who think this is no big deal or nothing to hide even considering the fact that people who are just curious or doing simple research on a controversial topic (example drugs) can now be viewed as someone to track just bec you googled it or emailed some articles or information on the topic? or what if you have happen to be walking down a street talking on your cell near a drug deal going on - you are now placed in that vacinity and can come under question simply bec they are tracking locations of cell phones. Or what about domestic violence victims who have moved and are trying to remain anonymous from their former abusers? what if those abusers work for the govt? Are you even thinking about the endless ways you can now be easily placed under scrutiny and linked to criminal activity of a relative, boss, coworker, neighbor, doctor, friend, church, bank, etc just because you exchange emails with them? Or perhaps rejected for a govt job bec of what you have googled out of curiousity? This is really bad and the complete opposite what is the meaning of a free and open society. To criminalize or label people as threats for what they google or who they email is beyond insane. You personally may feel you have nothing to worry about- but do really know what your children are googling out of curiousity or the friends they are "connected" to are googling? Do you really want to live in that type of society?

June 24, 2013
8:59 a.m.

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"The best government if No government" Henry David T. Now we have people who want the government to be 'Big Brother' and gladly give over all their rights.
Thank goodness '1984' is still in some of our minds.

June 24, 2013
12:41 p.m.

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Richard Alvarez:
Do you have window shades? If so, why?
You have nothing to hide.

Can I see your credit-card bills for the last year?
Why not?
It's not about having anything to hide, it's about things not being anyone else's business, and I don't need to justify my position. You need to justify yours.
I don't have anything to hide, but I don't have anything I feel like showing you, either, so come back with a warrant, or go away.
Maybe if the government was MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS, instead of ours, this country wouldn't be so screwed up.

June 25, 2013
7:47 a.m.

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The Obama apologists are getting more and more desperate. Obama lied about wiretaps, lied about spying on reporters and had an enemy's list. Deal with it. Richard Alvarez will say anything to protect violations of our God given rights. \

June 25, 2013
9:48 a.m.

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I am encouraged by the comments re Richard Alvarez--He thinks the idiots in the govt will do the "right thing"? --Really?--How stupid can anyone be!--But then again the electorate keep sending idiots back to office

June 28, 2013
10:24 p.m.

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Our elected officials are sworn to uphold the Constitution. Instead, they are destroying it, supposedly to "protect us". Boston proves the US government continues to be inept in doing so, and people such as Mr. Alverez are enabling them to continue to destroy this country by vacating the constitution. Mr. Alverez, you may be OK with big brother Government snooping into every facet of your life, but until such time as the Constitution is re-written to exclude it, I still treasure my privacy that it affords, and you should too. Millions fought and hundreds of thousands died for our country - don't let your liberal mindset make all those sacrifices worthless.