FBI Director James Comey stops in Milwaukee

File photo of police emergency lights.
File photo.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The head of the FBI says he doesn’t necessarily see a tradeoff between security and liberty when it comes to government monitoring of the Internet.

FBI Director James Comey was in Milwaukee to visit local law enforcement officers Tuesday. He spoke with reporters afterward about targeting violent crimes, stemming the tide of heroin use and combating human trafficking.

He was also asked about cyber crimes, such as the recent computer bug called “Heartbleed” that caused major security concerns across the Internet, and the Target Corp. data breach. He was asked how the government balances fighting crime with respecting Americans’ liberty.

He says both concerns can co-exist. He says it’s like stationing an officer at a park that had been overrun by gangsters, making it safe for families once again.

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