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New information has just come to light that our government is watching. Granted, our nation is always on the alert for terrorism 24/7 and this has proven to be a necessary evil. Yet I still feel troubled that our phones and Internet are all being monitored.

This is what the premise of George Orwell’s book 1984 was all the about — a government out to protect its citizens and the price was the violation of all personal freedoms. Eventually we will defeat terrorism but will these freedoms that we have given up be returned to the people?

Big brother in my opinion will continue to eaves drop on its citizens and the next step will be control. Remember this: when freedom is infringed upon, totalitarianism will prosper.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

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