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Fighting yesteryear's war

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Submitted by John W. McGinley (United States), Jan 3, 2006 at 13:30

I salute their creativity and courage as well. There are dangers in their approach. But there are dangers in permitting a specious regard for privacy when faced with an enemy such as the present Islamist threat. First of all, what in fact is really private, de facto, anymore? Second, being free is not at all congruent with the maximizaztion of privacy. J. Edgar Hoover and his mindset is past history.

The people who groan over the NSA monitoring of a few hundred US citizens in their international incoming/outgoing calls are fighting a battle which is long since gone. The cultural revolution has brought about a situation in which just about every proclivity, sexual and otherwise, elicits nothing but a big yawn. And if their behavior is in fact criminal it should be monitored and acted upon. Also, such "profiling" should not really be called "racist" ((Islam is hardly a "race")) anyway. It's intelligent profiling. For all of these groaners, I say, "Get a life!" Be free instead of talking about it. John W. McGinley
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