Next U.S. attorney general faces daunting national security challenges

By Matt Spetalnick and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At a time when heightened fears of government surveillance coincide with growing anxiety about global terrorism, the next top U.S. law-enforcement officer will face daunting challenges to balance protection of Americans’ security and the right to privacy. President Barack Obama says he has not yet chosen a successor to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation on Thursday, but whoever takes on the job for the last two years of the tenure will have no easy task. …

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