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PRIVACY: US fighting a new kind of war

Letter by Margot LeRoy, Gig Harbor on June 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm | No Comments »
June 7, 2013 2:09 pm

Regarding Eugene Robinson’s column (TNT, 6-7) about privacy becoming an obsolete commodity, I understand his concern. However, we are at war and sometimes I think we forget that. It is not the battlefield war in Afghanistan. It is being fought here, every day.

The digital age makes it possible to download instructions to make poisons and build bombs. It is not the job of the Internet to do anything but dispense requested information. The morality of those requests is not part of any digital environment, and if it were, we would be concerned about censorship.

We live in a world of war being waged in backpacks, letters and exploding timers in cell phones, on street corners, buses, subways and other public places and events. Since 9/11, the National Security Agency has been tasked with keeping us safe from these attacks. The government is the only reasonable solution to policing the exploding information world we currently live in.

Freedom in our democracy also implies a societal responsibility to keep our community safe. I believe it is necessary to ask questions and set boundaries for how we do that. But we should also recognize that this is not a simple issue.

Privacy in today’s world would be under siege with no government monitoring. Technology has created GPS monitors in cars and cell phones. Facebook is hardly a model for privacy. We opened Pandora’s box and need to figure out how to use what is inside. It is a struggle for us and for our government to set limits.

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