Elimination of the Fourth Ammendment: Freedom and Privacy
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How dare the government completely disregard the constitution and eliminate the fourth amendment. It is not necessary to collect all of the US citizen’s data and invade their privacy in order to fight terrorism. The government tells the people it is necessary because they have a secret agenda. The burden of worrying about someone reading one’s emails, listening to one’s phone calls, and ultimately invading one’s privacy is called tyranny. The absence of those worries is called liberty.
In recent times the US government has been called out, on numerous occasions by whistle-blowers, about some of the secrets they are keeping from the public. “Leaking information is very dangerous. The Obama Administration has embarked on a war on whistle-blowers, pursuing them -- both legally and through intimidation -- further than any previous administration has done. Mark Klein, Thomas Drake, and William Binney have all been persecuted for exposing technical details of our surveillance state. Bradley Manning has been treated cruelly and inhumanly -- and possibly tortured -- for his more-indiscriminate leaking of State Department secrets.” These whistle-blowers should be looked upon as heroes- not criminals. Their only purpose for leaking all this classified information is to protect the people from abuse of power. Americans are learning that the government is not keeping these secrets because it is necessary but because much of what they are doing is illegal. In order for a democracy to work, the system must be completely transparent. By the people allowing their government to keep so many secrets, they are ultimately allowing democracy to be replaced with a police state.
There are many people who say that they have nothing to hide, so they ...
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...ay we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free (Brown).”
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