June 20, 2013 | Volume 117 Number 9

American's lack of interest in NSA snooping is puzzling

In our opinion

Right on the heels of the Supreme Court saying it was OK for police to take samples of DNA from people they might arrest for certain levels of crime came Edward Snowden.

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Snowden is the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked top-secret documents disclosing extensive U.S. surveillance of telephone calls and Internet communications. It was surprising to learn that American’s saw this potential threat with relative indifference.

Just 41 percent perceived the National Security Agency’s monitoring of phone and email communication as a concern.

It’s been suggested in a number...

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