A Transparent World: Government Involvement in Citizen Affairs

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In the interconnected global community we live in today, there is much controversy over the appropriate level of government involvement in citizen affairs. As of late, government agencies like the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) and Great Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), among others, have been monitoring the phone records and internet activity of people in every corner of the world (Eaton). These governments believe that in order to maintain a safe environment for citizens at home, they must have access to this information. However, many claim that by accessing this information, the government agencies are unjustly spying on ordinary individuals and are violating their right to privacy. But is privacy a right or a privilege? Put simply, it is neither. Recent events in world history now demand that personal privacy be sacrificed in order to reach a satisfactory level of international security. Over the past century, significant advances have been made in global travel and global communication, two important areas that influence international security. After commercial air travel was made widely available in the mid-twentieth century, global travel was revolutionized; anyone in the world with enough money for an airline ticket could, and did, travel anywhere they desired. Global communication was changed forever with the introduction of mobile phones, personal computers, and the Internet to a large and diverse market of consumers. Now, owners of cell phones and computers can communicate with others and access seemingly endless quantities of information at the touch of a button. While these new resources and modes of travel have benefited society greatly, they have only made it easier for evil... ... middle of paper ... ...all people is essential to provide for their safety. Attempts by outside parties to hamper this necessary surveillance are not only selfish, but dangerous. The U.S. Constitution guarantees no specific right to privacy for a good reason. Personal privacy is a concept of the past. Works Cited Eaton, Joshua. “Timeline of Edward Snowden’s revelations.” america.aljazeera.com. Al Jazeera America, 2013. Web. 24 Nov 2013. Carafano, James Jay, Jessica Zuckerman, and Steven P. Bucci. “60 Terrorist Plots Since 9/11: Continued Lessons in Domestic Counterterrorism.” heritage.org. The Heritage Foundation, 2013. Web. 1 Dec 2013 Gjelten, Tom. “Leaked Documents Reveal Budget Breakdown Between CIA, NSA.” npr.org. NPR, 2013. Web. 1 Dec 2013. Mortada, Dalia, and Jason Villemez. “9/11 to Now: Ways We Have Changed.” pbs.org. Macneil/Lehrer Productions, 14 Sep 2011. Web. 1 Dec 2013.

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