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Privacy vs. Security: America Can’t Decide

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America is split over revelations that Uncle Sam has been snooping in our telephone records and our Internet searches.

A new Pew survey shows 56-percent of us thinks that's acceptable. But 41-percent say it's unacceptable.

Clearly, we can't all agree on how much privacy we're willing to give up, in order to stay safe.

"I think we need to give the government a little credit; they probably know what they're doing," said Hanan Yadin, a counter-terrorism expert with ISI Training Center in Houston. "And I think when it comes to terrorism, we need to get them before they get to us. Period."

"The government can't come into your home without a warrant," retorted FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico. "What we're talking about here is: when does the government have the right to snoop into our private email and our private conversations just because they're doing a broad sweep looking for terrorism?"

The debate also rages on the FOX 26 Facebook page, where Jake Feldman described Edward Snowden – the guy who blew the whistle on the extent of the US government's surveillance – this way: "True hero. Constitution above government."

But in an opposing post, Cynthia Metcalf begs to differ: "He needs jail time."

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