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From: barry levine
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 8:34 AM
Subject: re: James Comey, F.B.I. Director, Hints at Action as Cellphone Data Is Locked
To the Editor:
" [C]hild pornographers and kidnappers" have been with us for thousands of years. No powers granted to our F.B.I. will wholly rid us of them. But the cure that director James Comey proposes is worse than the disease. The powers he is seeking--in the hands of the British--would have thwarted the American Revolution and would have seen our Founding Fathers hanged for sedition.
We are free to debate and reject Comey's vision because ten generations of Americans have--so far--pushed back against ten generations of power-grabs from our own security apparatus. It's the American way.
Barry Haskell Levine