The Importance Of Privacy And National Security

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Gaining privacy today is harder than ever in a world-renowned technologically advanced country. With this technology comes a hard task at hand for the many governments. This task is trying to figure out the balance between national security and freedom for their citizens. For many years now many had a feeling that their government was monitoring their calls. After the U.S. had established their foothold in the middle east, they have known that with the amount of negativity they were receiving one person would be bound to take it upon themselves and attack the United States. At what price will Americans have to pay for the security of our nation? Is it truly necessary to wiretap every call in hopes to find the one that ruins it all for everyone? …show more content…
The implementation of the most recent and widely known act, The Patriot Act, “…Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism…” (Peissel 19), passed after the attacks on September 11. This quickly provided the government the right to obtain many forms of communication without the prior knowledge of the users with the intention of stopping any future attacks that are within their power. Ever since then, many Americans question their government on what is truly going on behind the …show more content…
The lives of millions of people and their calls are all being monitored by machines that cannot tell the different between a terrorist and an average person. These machines are used to listen for keywords with algorithms that no one knows outside of the buildings that hold the surveillance centers. Even if you know that you are being monitored by the government and if you so happen to request the information about yourself they hold, it is simply impossible to do. Not only will these governments not admit to what they are doing but if they ever do they will not admit that this is wrong. This has been seen before many Americans in the form of the Patriot Act, which was forced upon the American people a terrorist attack. The unpatriotic act of those who opposed this were rumored to be “terrorists” because they did not support the government’s actions. The U.S. is a country that stands for the freedom of its people, it used its power against their citizens and stabbed them in the back by calling them out as terrorists. This is not the first time the United States has done this, during the Cold War the U.S. had used the media to call those who were for communism or the close idea of it were labeled “Soviet spies” and their lives were torn apart by this. The government has used past events as such to take the freedoms of their people away and strengthen their governments and the functions

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