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Cary Brunswick

June 25, 2013

Privacy is a right, not a privilege


Polls show that only little more than a majority go along with the government’s plan to prosecute, and that young people, Tea Party supporters and liberals believe Snowden’s leaks provided a public service by exposing government spying on American citizens.

Indeed, it seems like many American have a ho-hum attitude toward the Snowden case. It is as if they can live with the government’s spying as long as they are assured it helps keep them safe from terrorist threats.

However, people should be more concerned with keeping their privacy and freedom of speech safe from government threats. And we have Snowden to thank for making us aware of the seriousness of those threats.

Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.

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