Letter: Boston runner talks about video surveillance

May 3, 2013 

On April 15, I ran the Boston Marathon. Just 18 minutes after I crossed the finished line, two bombs exploded and inflicted horrible carnage. Five days later, the alleged perpetrators were dead or in custody. The success of law enforcement in this case was critically dependent on video surveillance. Law-abiding citizens should reflect upon this. Our lives would be safer if we used more such technology in public places.

I value privacy, but I value life more. Unfortunately, in an age of terrorism, that is a tradeoff we cannot avoid. There are other ways to increase security, but few with such favorable cost benefit.

DOUG BROWN, Kennewick

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