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Opinion

January 25, 2014

Trading in your freedom for security

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“Where terrorists are everywhere and we’re a prime target,”I said.

“But who knew our personal telephone calls were being tapped?” Freddy said.

“We didn’t. Great Britain, France, and Germany didn’t. They’re our allies and they’re not that happy for having to learn about it the hard way with Snowden spilling the beans.”

“Well everybody knows about it now,” I said. “Obama had to acknowledge it as a form of treachery by identifying it as a costly breach, but there will be no way to tell how history will treat that.

“As far as our role is concerned, it’s not over. There are no signs of it being over, so long as we are forced by reason of our commitments that have been so long in play.”

“Well this play has been going on for too long, and freedom isn’t what it use to be,” Freddy said.

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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