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Freedom vs. Security

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This is an era when every question seems to have an answer — and when that answer is as close as your phone, your laptop or your tablet. But these implements, which answer so many of the questions that we did not know we had, also have raised difficult new questions that we now know we cannot avoid.

Many of these critical questions have become part of the national debate in recent days in the wake of disclosures about how the new technology has opened up new avenues of government surveillance. Here are three questions suddenly dominating American civic life:
What is the balance between freedom and security?

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