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Civil Liberties vs National Security Debate: Where Do You Stand?

Truman Project and Center for National Policy

Leaking 41 slides and a four-page court order has led to one of most hotly contested debates in recent memory. As President Obama pointed out, “you can’t have a 100 percent security, and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience.” So the question remains: How does the U.S. government, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the American public strike the right balance?

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  • Mia Pokriefka

    The ongoing debate in my head is that Edward Snowden is either a quiet hero who has performed a vital public service, or he is a traitor who broke the most solemn of oath. two positions at once: Snowden is a whistle-blower and a sneak. If anyone else is feeling the ambivalence, Slate summed it up nicely: "The ambivalents are trapped in a culture that prizes univalents" :

  • John Wynn

    A timely, thought-provoking, issue...I, for one, will look at both sides carefully and thoughtfully before reaching a decision.