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October 21, 2017

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letter to the editor:

Biden identified the real issue

The latest Obama administration scandal concerning the revelation that the National Security Agency is tapping into private citizens’ phone calls and Internet traffic has set up quite a debate on whether this is an illegal invasion of privacy or necessary for national security. Might I defer to the wisdom of our own Vice President Joe Biden?

To quote then-Sen. Biden, from a June 2006 televised interview on the subject of the then-Bush administration’s intelligence gathering programs:

“If I know every single phone call you made, I’m able to determine every single person you talk to. I can get a pattern about your life that’s very, very intrusive. The real question here is: What do they do with the information they collect that does not have anything to do with al-Qaida? And we’re going to trust the president and vice president of the United States that they’re doing the right thing? Don’t count me in on that.”

For once I think Biden has identified the real issue (trust), and for once I agree with him. Don’t count me in either.

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