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From: Ross Olson ross{at}
Sent: Saturday, June 8, 2013
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Security and Privacy

It is indeed true that security and privacy are on a teeter totter and neither can be complete. But the
government that is doing the surveillance does not have the trust of many American people. The IRS
targeting of conservative groups went much further than delaying or denying 501c3 status. Something
that should have been front page news (and would have been if this were a conservative administration)
is the fact that IRS released a confidential list -- the names and addresses of donors to a pro marriage
organization to a pro-gay organization who posted them on their web site. For those who need help
connecting the dots, this opens those donors to persecution and has a chilling effect on other potential
donors. Can we have a resounding condemnation of that?

Ross Olson

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