Local security expert weighs in on NSA controversy

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CHAMPAIGN -- Some private conversations are now in the public eye with the recent NSA phone records controversy.

At the center of the controversy are fourth amendment rights -- the right to privacy.

Local security expert John Bambenek said the government can use data-mining to track down possible threats.

Searching key words or phrases in conversations is a common method.

"There are some times where the government should operate in secret, and sometimes it should be a little more public.  And of course that balance is going to be reassessed in this case," said Bambenek.

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