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Re: Yuck It Up, Giuliani

Mark, with due respect, I take it you have never had threats from homicidal maniacs such that you needed protection for yourself, those close to you, and even those not so close to you who were potentially at risk because of your job. Only then could you actually think there are easy ways to avoid the dilemma of which innocent bystanders should be protected, and have their privacy invaded.

If you want to make arguments about the propriety of a public official’s personal relationships or the transparency of bookkeeping for public expenses, that is fair game. But I can assure you that the question of who merits protection is not at all easy. Dwelling on it is going to make it more difficult to get good people to take on risky jobs that need doing — in addition to educating our enemies about protective measures.

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