The U.S. government may want to adjust its counter-terrorism policies so that the intrusion on individual rights “are not as expansive,” state-run China Daily said in an editorial today.
The commentary came after Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, earlier disclosed secret information about U.S. surveillance program.
The article headlined “Unjustified U.S. intelligence,” said the debate triggered by Edward Snowden’s leaks is “worthwhile,” if it can help the U.S. government find a better balance between public safety and privacy.
“This is not the first time that U.S. government agencies’ wrong-doings have aroused widespread public concern” since the American counter-terrorism policies were put in place following the September 11 attacks, the editorial said.
The leaks drew public attention on what is permissible to prevent terrorist attacks, according to the article. Ramifications of government-sponsored spying on individuals weigh much greater than the risks of conducting drone strikes that target specific alleged terrorist suspects, the editorial said.
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