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AG DeWine answers questions at Buckeye Boys State PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:47
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks to delegates. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine took some hard-hitting questions from Buckeye Boys State delegates on Wednesday during a speech at Bowling Green State University.
The state’s top attorney was asked his opinion on government surveillance of citizens in the wake of the National Security Agency scandal.
“From what I know, because of what happened after Sept. 11, if the government had not sought out, actively, intelligence information, we would have had more terrorists attacks in the U.S.,” DeWine responded.
“Information is a key to stopping terrorism,” he said.
However, he said, there must be checks in place to prevent this intelligence from being abused.
“We always have to be vigilant in how we deal with that information,” he said.
DeWine was also asked his thoughts on government sources who leak information to the media and how prosecution should be handled.
“The way this usually comes up is when a reporter has a confidential source,” DeWine explained.
“It gets a little more difficult when it is a crime to leak that information,” he said.
But, DeWine said, “In general, we ought to, if possible, leave the media alone.
“They have a function and that function is to find out what the truth is.”
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:04

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