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NSA leaks unite left and right on privacy protection



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Tea party groups, and those politicians they back, have argued for years against overreach by the government. And while liberals have a different take on what constitutes overreach, privacy is one of their shared concerns.

"Everybody in America and everybody in Congress wants our intelligence community to do everything that they can to foil any terrorist attack," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said recently on MSNBC. "The question is what kind of nation do we want to be as we fight terrorism. Do we feel comfortable with every single telephone call made in the United States being filed by the government?"

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Chaffetz is no Sanders, but he sounds a lot like the self-described democratic socialist on this issue.

"The federal government has to have cause to look at the day-to-day activities of Americans," the Utah Republican said in an interview. "You can’t give up every liberty in the name of security. There’s no end to that."

tburr@sltrib.com




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