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October 26, 2010 2:25 AM

Commentary: How to spot a law-abiding American

Are you a terrorist? Do you associate with terrorists? If the answer to those questions is no — which it undoubtedly is for the overwhelming majority of Americans — collecting detailed information about your personal behavior for the sake of “intelligence gathering” would violate your rights and waste the government’s resources, but not make you any safer. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening with the government’s growing number of Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) programs.

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