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Released: June 10, 2013
Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic
Public Says Investigate Terrorism, Even If It Intrudes on Privacy

A majority of Americans – 56% – say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism, though a substantial minority – 41% – say it is unacceptable. And while the public is more evenly divided over the government’s monitoring of email and other online activities to prevent possible terrorism, these views are largely unchanged since 2002, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post, conducted June 6-9 among 1,004 adults, finds no indications that last week’s revelations of the government’s collection of phone records and internet data have altered fundamental public views about the tradeoff between investigating possible terrorism and protecting personal privacy.

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Re: Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 08:33:55 AM »
Perhaps it wouldn't be quite so offensive if they were tracking only those of whom they had a reasonable suspicion of terror-related activity or sympathy, but they're not. This is a giant fishing expedition and law-abiding U.S. citizens have been caught in the net.
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