Essay about Government Intrusion and Civil Liberties

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Most people have either read or heard of the book 1984 in some point in their high school career. Some may see it as just fictional literature that we learn in English class, but it could become seeing as to how our government is handling national security. In 1984, the author, George Orwell talks about a society in which one group of people runs society and everyone is under surveillance. This was something that people in the 1980s would not think possible, so how could Orwell have thought of this plot when writing the book during the 1940s? It could have been due to the progress in technology such as radio, film, television. The fear of government interference could have also been produced because World War II was present the …show more content…
Now the idea was not made to specifically target people and arrest them. The government’s intentions in committing these actions are positive but the way things are being handled is not correct in terms of violating individuals rights in researching threats of terrorism. People clearly do not want outside interference in their own personal lives as proven in the Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut where the use of contraceptives was declared constitutional under the interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment having the idea of ‘right to privacy’.
With that being said and after almost11 years since 9/11, there has not been a major threat of terrorists being in the United States, so the government should stop focusing on its citizens as being potential threats to national security and focus on other items in their agenda if information on possible terrorists in the U.S. is a small possibility. Well, how exactly is the government spying on its citizens? With technology’s rapid improvements over the course of the years, there are many ways for the government to watch, listen to or track U.S. citizens. The government’s increase and use of such techniques has gotten to the point where millions of people are being spied on, to what they argue, is protecting national security (define). These techniques consist of using drones, wiretapping and GPS trackers.
Drones are being small devices that capture HD pictures of people and property (New York

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