Americans don’t want more government monitoring of cellphones and email to fight terror, survey says

After the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, more than half of the Americans responding to polls were willing to give up some civil liberties in exchange for greater security.But a poll taken a few weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings shows the tide of public opinion has turned. Despite increased concern that terrorism could affect their families, less than half of those responding to an April 30 poll for CNN/Time magazine administered by ORC International wanted to trade civil liberties for stronger security measures. And, in particular, surveyed individuals were concerned about protecting the privacy of their cellphones and email, CNN reports.

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