Domestic Surveillance

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Over the past few decades, the privacy of US citizens has been a controversial topic. To ensure national security, domestic surveillance is conducted by the US. Under domestic surveillance, the federal government can monitor a person 's private life, such as checking phone calls or acquiring personal data. With the rise of terrorism, the USA has increased its security surveillance on Americans. Due to devastating terrorist acts, such as September 11, the government has made its private monitorization laws much more strict, evidently in the creation of the USA Patriot Act. Horrified by the terrorist attack, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act hastily in October 26, 2001. Initially, the bill was intended to increase national security through …show more content…
By acknowledging the current power that the federal government possesses, citizens are able to secure their right to privacy. Although it is not explicitly stated in the Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment is most associated with the right to privacy. Possessing such power, the USA might undergo the risk of transforming into a tyrannical country. Known for its notion of promoting freedom, the US 's surveillance programs have contradicted its own intention. However, the surveillance programs still maintained their main objective of assuring an effective national …show more content…
Despite the privacy right that it disregards, such monitoring has proved to be effective in securing national security. Afterall, knowing that the government is watching or listening will lessen the risk of not only terrorism but other criminal acts, as offenders would know they are being observed. Authors Abramson and Godoy cleverly stated in their argument for the positive aspects of the Patriot Act. In regard to “Sneak and Peek” searches, the two authors state that they “allowed investigators to search the houses of drug dealers and other criminals without providing notice that might have jeopardized an investigation.” With the power to disclosure private information, Abramson and Godoy states that it “have greatly enhanced” its ability to share information with the FBI. Finally, with the use of wiretapping, the two states that the government is able to “deal with technologically sophisticated terrorists.” Afterall, domestic surveillance proves to beneficial despite its limits on American

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