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August 27, 2013

Re “NSA has flashbacks to Watergate,” Aug. 25

Maybe it is a generational phenomenon. The country is in an uproar over the expectation of privacy in telecommunications.

When the telephone was in its early days, connections were made by operators. Obviously the operator knew who was talking to whom and very often what they were saying.

We also had party lines. There was an etiquette for using the phone — but everyone knew someone could listen in.

The country is in a tizzy over a situation that may have never existed.

When did the expectation of privacy occur — and is privacy possible?

Florence Cavileer

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