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For Immediate Release
July 3, 2001
Contact: Jim Harper
Statement of Privacilla Editor Jim Harper on Letter to U.S. House Majority Leader
Diverse Array of Groups Applaud Leadership on Protecting Privacy From Government Intrusion
issued the following statement today regarding a
letter that was sent by 84 organizations and individuals to U.S. House
Majority Leader Dick Armey:
As we celebrate our country's independence on July 4th, we should not forget why the
Second Continental Congress declared our independence from England: an overweening
and intrusive government.
The United States today is one of the freest countries in
the world. Freedom is easy to ignore or take for granted, but all the benefits of
American life spring from it.
The price of freedom is still vigilance. The House Majority Leader has been one of
the most vigilant observers of Americans' strong interest in privacy from government.
A wide array of advocates and organizations have joined to salute him for that.
Law enforcement is increasingly using snooping technologies like Carnivore
and facial scanners to observe the actions and communications of innocent Americans.
Their well-intended zeal needs to be tempered by regard for Americans' privacy rights.
The Majority Leader is working to strike that balance.
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