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Government surveillance through history


MADISON (WKOW) -- Many Americans are angry over the National Security Administration's massive data gathering operations, but what many may not know, is similar instances have happened in the past.

Jonathan Pollack, a Madison College history instructor, says there have been other curbs on civil liberties during wartime, such as censorship of films and newspaper reporting during World War II, the Espionage Act of World War I, curbs on freedom of the press during the Civil War, and the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.

Pollack joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday.

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