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August 31, 2015

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Letter to the readers:

How do you make sense of NSA’s spying

As you read this, a computer somewhere is sifting through data all in the name of protecting you (and me) and our country from terrorism.

Before last week, such a statement shouldn’t have been a surprise — the government has always tracked electronic communication — but the news last week that it could be yours (or mine) was a shock, as was the extent of the National Security Agency’s massive electronic dragnet.

The reaction has been described in black-and-white terms: This is either something out of “1984,” a terrible invasion of Americans’ privacy, or an important part of the nation’s security. Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who leaked the information to the media, has been described as a “hero” and a “traitor.”

In the post-9/11 world, is there any gray area? Is there a balance between privacy and security? (The government seems to think collecting “metadata” is that balance.)

This issue is serious, and it’s worth a full discussion.

Follow this link to find a few columns about the NSA’s surveillance program, which present different points of view and should be a good place to start. What do you think about this situation? I’d like to have your thoughts on the issue. What do you think? Send us a letter or comment on the Internet and we’ll print a selection of the responses we get.

You can write a letter to the editor by going here letter to the editor or by emailing letters@lasvegassun.com.

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