NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

January 25, 2014

Trading in your freedom for security

Big Freddy was sitting there with his emptied coffee cup in his hand, when I joined him and I asked what was bothering him.

“Where we’re headed,” Freddy said.

“Considering our age that should be clear enough,” I said.

“I’m not referring to the grim reaper or just the two of us -- it’s what’s happened to everybody’s privacy,” Freddy said. “Can’t make a phone call now without the government knowing who you’re calling or what you’re calling about.”

“I take it you’re referring to Obama’s explanation of what the government’s been doing since 9/11 to keep us safe from terrorists,” I said.

“He had to because Edward Snowden spilled the beans,” Freddy said.

“And some think he’s a traitor while others think he’s a hero taking refuge over in Russia, “ I said.

“Whatever, but I’m taking this personally,” Freddy said. “What I’ve been doing has had nothing to do with anybody’s business but mine and those I count on to advise me as to my investments around and about.”

“Fighting terror involves fishing expeditions of communications,” I said.

“I don’t fish,” Freddy said. “I invest from time to time on which horse is most likely to finish better than fourth.”

“Figure of speech,” I said. “Commercial fishermen can take only so much of certain kinds of fish.

“Those we depend on to keep us safe from terrorists have been monitoring all information sources including certain kinds of telephone calls, and they’ve done a whale of a job doing it since 9/11.”

“I agree but the smell of it’s not over just the land of the free and the brave,” Freddy said. “It smacks of what goes on in too many countries we think of as enemies.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans