Sacrificing Freedom for Security Essay

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Our nation seems as if it is in a constant battle between freedom and safety. Freedom and security are two integral parts that keep our nation running smoothly, yet they are often seen conflicting with one another. “Tragedies such as Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings may invoke feelings of patriotism and a call for unity, but the nation also becomes divided, and vulnerable populations become targets,” (Wootton 1). “After each attack a different group or population would become targets. “The attack on Pearl Harbor notoriously lead to Japanese Americans being imprisoned in internment camps, the attacks on 9/11 sparked hate crimes against those who appeared to be Muslim or Middle Eastern,” (Wootton 1). Often times people …show more content…
This action could be interpreted in two entirely different ways; it could be commended for taking measures to protect the citizens, or it could be greatly denounced for “taking away personal freedoms” because of the electronic surveillance. In this case it should not be criticized because the government made the surveillance an integral part of their security strategy because most terrorists communicate via e-mail and/or mobile phone (Begley 3). There was also the USA Patriot Act, which stands for United and Strengthened America by Providing Appropriate Tools and Regulations to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Liptak 1). In light of the fears people had after the 9/11 attacks, it is not surprising that many people were all too willing to accept sacrificing their freedom in order to feel safe.
However, the USA Patriot Act “quickly became a shorthand for government abuse and overreaching,” (Liptak 1).Adam Liptak expressed in in an article in The New York Times, “Too much worry about our freedoms is better than too little, particularly in the face of a government shrouded in wartime secrecy after the September 11th attacks,” (Liptak 1). Liptak’s concern that we are too willing to let the government limit our freedoms suggests that there are certain circumstances where the government can end up doing more harm than good,

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