I’ve been accused of being a “liberal”, a “leftist” and oh no, a….democrat! But I have to say in a lot of ways I lean to the right when it comes to the issues surrounding the NSA keeping close tabs on what Americans are doing these days. Or should I say what individuals in America are doing. Old Ben Franklin said, (paraphrasing here) “A country that gives up basic freedoms for security deserves neither freedom or security”. Sounds like a truism that makes great sense and applies to America more than any other country on earth but in this insane new world we inhabit, where young men and women don’t give a second thought to blowing up themselves and taking innocent men women and children with them, it’s hard to not agree that at least a bit of our freedom needs to be compromised in the name of safety.
According to the report, the NSA says they stopped a bombing plot that would have taken out the NY Stock Exchange. That story is on page A7 of today’s NEWSDAY. Of course here is where the debate begins. Where do we draw the line? How do we keep our citizens safe and yet enjoy the many freedoms this country is built upon? Technology may provide an answer. What do you think?