The State of Government Surveillance and Civilian Privacy

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Government Surveillance today has changed from what it used to be. Technology has expanded through the past several decades and the government’s monitoring abilities have also expanded tremendously. Since the September 11, 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks, government surveillance has become more a part of everyday life. Government surveillance is said to help in efforts of capturing terrorists and stopping terrorist attacks before they even happen. But how much of our civil liberties are we giving up in order to maybe help capture some terrorists. The rapidly advancing technology of today and a more globalizing culture has made privacy and civil liberties come more into the forefront of our views. After about nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the government surveillance system put into place to keep the United States safe, is so massive that its effectiveness is becoming questionable. We’ve been able to live in a state where we know we are being watched, because the threat of constant surveillance has always thought to have been well relegated. Government Surveillance is said to be regulated. But, some would disagree saying agencies like the NSA or National Surveillance Agency, have thousands of records of data and only a few percent of their data do they actually ever use. One question in particular that has been posed for a while is where is all the data going that agencies like the NSA are collecting. Do they destroy intelligence matter that they never use, or is it stored for ever and never destroyed? Government Surveillance is said to be regulated but from what we have seen recently in the NSA leaks from Edward Snowden (a former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower), it is seen that there is a l... ... middle of paper ... ...) 29.19 (2013): 35. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 31 March. 2014 Newport, Frank. “Americans Disapprove Of Government Surveillance Programs.” Gallup Poll Briefing (2013): 2. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. Schulhofer, Stephen J. More Essential than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-first Century. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. Print. Schultz, Daniel. "Being Watched." Christian Century 130.14 (2013): 10-12. Academic Search Complete. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. Shackford, Scott. "Three Reasons You Should Be Worried About Government Surveillance, Even If You Have 'Nothing To Hide'." Reason 45.5 (2013): 28-30. Academic Search Complete. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. Sullivan, Eileen, and Bob Salsberg. "A Year Later, Little Government Response to Boston Bombing as Politics of Terrorism Shift." Fox News. FOX News Network, 17 Apr. 2014. Web. 28 Apr. 2014.
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