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June 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Government collects Verizon phone records

Scoop violates privacy

The latest privacy violation by the government: gobbling up millions of phone records from Verizon, which put up the resistance of a wet noodle [“Report: U.S. scooping up Verizon phone records,” News, June 6]. No justification, just give me the records.

What amazes me is that this is even possible. It is becoming evident that the protections that are supposed to exist apparently don’t mean much when you have the wrong type of people in government.

In other words, we are totally reliant upon the character of the people in office, which is a very different place than the founders intended it to be when they created a form of government that is supposed to be kept at bay through a series of checks and balances.

One of those checks is supposed to be the free press, which has not held the government accountable at all.

What happens when government character turns rotten, as it has under President Obama? Who stands in the way?

Kurt Hanke, Everett

Comments | Topics: phone records, privacy, Verizon

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