2013-06-13 / Opinion

Say what you will

— The Durango (Colo.) Herald

Most Americans have probably long (and correctly) assumed that the federal government knew whom they called and what they read and said on the Internet. Communication providers collected that data; the federal government surely had access to it.

The real question is, should it?

“I don’t want to live in a world where everything I do or say is recorded,” said 29- year-old Edward Snowden.

Too late. This level of monitoring may be acceptable to Americans, who after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have been willing to tolerate many erosions of their privacy. It should probably be assumed to be inevitable; when data exists, someone will use it.

But that doesn’t automatically make it right. It only makes it worth discussing.

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