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Cary Brunswick

January 21, 2014

We shouldn't trade privacy for security


The NSA spying program was left unscathed last month when two federal judges offered opposing rulings on its legality. Appeals are now in motion.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said it best, however, in ruling that the government’s spying was unconstitutional. He called the ``almost-Orwellian technology’’ that allows the government to collect, store and analyze phone metadata “at best, the stuff of science fiction.’’

It is too bad that “stuff’’ has become political fact instead.

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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