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Miss Alabama's beautiful confusion about NSA surveillance

During the Miss USA pageant, Alabama's representative showed how difficult the core ideas behind surveillance methods are to grasp.

Tough question. sosedate08/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk

Everyone has an opinion about the revelations that government agencies may be tracking us.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes that America is becoming like Russia.

Some, though, feel comfortable with the idea that government may be offering surveillance for own own good. Or do they?

An answer given by Miss Alabama during the Miss USA pageant on Sunday night fully expressed how pretzel-ish the thinking has to be around our personal safety and security.

Asked by actress Wendie Malick whether NSA surveillance is an invasion of privacy or a necessity, Mary Margaret McCord offered a sure-minded reply.

She said: "It's sad that if we go to the movies or the airport or the mall that we have to worry about our safety."

Yes, it is. Sadness is something that occurs only too often in our difficult world. Especially when all we want is a little freedom to be less sad.

Still, Miss Alabama knows the issues involved. For she continued: "So I would rather someone track my telephone messages and felt safe wherever I go than feel like they're encroaching on my privacy."

You may now ponder the internal battle that goes on in more than one mind when considering this troubling question. Perhaps it's easy to chuckle at the apparent lack of logic in her response. And yet, as so often, we expect so much and have no idea how those expectations should be met.

Miss Alabama came first runner-up (I think that means second) in Sunday night's "Miss USA" pageant.