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Does government spying on everyone make us safer?

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Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:00 am

Have you ever dialed a wrong number? Have you ever received a spam call from overseas?

Have you ever called a stranger — wanting to find a handyman or talk to a store clerk? Are you sure none of those people has been convicted of a crime, was born in a foreign country, are under surveillance?

Now, how would you like to explain any of those calls to a government agent while sitting in an interrogation room at the U.S. Attorney's office in Sacramento?

The National Security Agency's reported trawling of Verizon's phone records is amazingly broad, potentially illegal and a never-before-seen invasion of thousands of Americans' private lives.

And that sweep may be just one of many. We can't know because the court orders allowing these searches is classified information.

Ben Franklin said: Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

Does the 9/11 attack or the Boston Marathon bombing make that kind of thinking obsolete?

Is it time to write a letter to Washington or picket the office of Congressman Jerry McNerney in Stockton?

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