Sep 6, 2011 8:52 AM by Trovette Tottress

OK to trade some freedoms to fight terrorism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are OK with surveillance cameras in public places. Maybe even with body scans at airports.

But snooping in their personal email? Not so fast, they say. A poll by The Associated Press-N-O-R-C Center for Public Affairs Research finds that people trace a zigzag path when asked where the government should draw the line between protecting civil liberties and pursuing terrorism.

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, two-thirds of Americans say it's appropriate to sacrifice some freedoms to fight terrorism. But the AP-N-O-R-C poll finds that the public is very protective of the privacy of U.S. citizens, voicing sharp opposition to government surveillance of Americans' email and phone calls.


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