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Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Security vs. privacy

The latest attack in Boston reminds me of the subway bombings in London (56 fatalities, 700 injured) in 2005. The extensive use of CCTV in the city was instrumental in capturing and prosecuting the perpetrators. With so much camera footage available, authorities were able to identify the culprits in Boston. In this day and age of homegrown and foreign terrorists, they have the edge when they resort to bombings. It is awfully difficult to prevent them from accomplishing their goal and equally as hard to identify them after they have done their horrific deeds. I heard an ACLU spokesperson who had the audacity to warn about the overuse of CCTV and complain that it is an invasion of privacy. I wonder if that 8-year-old who was killed in Boston happened to be his grandson what his sentiments would have been. And by the way, there is no expectation of privacy in the streets. The only ones who would benefit from such a privacy right would be terrorists and criminal types. I for one advocate for more CCTV coverage because I value my (and my neighbors’) security above privacy. And if I should become a victim (dead or maimed), I hope the authorities have every possible tool to uncover the perpetrator and not have to worry about violating his rights. Remember, if you don’t catch the bomber, he will have the opportunity to do it again.
Paul Cotter Tampa
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