The State of Government Surveillance and Civilian Privacy

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A recent Gallop Poll that was done in June 10-11 2013, shows that “More Americans disapprove (53%) than approve (37%) of the government programs like the NSA, which has programs that have been obtaining telephone call logs and Internet communication records” (Newport). The survey done by this Gallop Poll also concluded that “Twenty-one percent of Americans disapprove of the government's actions, but say there could be circumstances in which it would be right for the government to carry out such a program, yielding a combined total of 58% of all Americans who either approve or could theoretically approve under certain circumstances”(Newport). Also one more interesting thing that was collected during this poll was that “Sixty-four percent of Americans are following news about this issue (Government Surveillance) very or somewhat closely, which is slightly above average for all news stories tested by Gallup over the past two decades”(Newport). Government Surveillance has expanded tremendously since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The expanded Surveillance has said to have been put into place to help protect the nation from future attacks and to make the country safer as a whole. Surveillance to help protect from enemies is no problem, but how much surveillance is ethical and acceptable and is all are privacy being devoured up by big government. Some say if you haven’t done anything wrong then you shouldn’t have anything to fear or hide. But, is it right of the government to be concealing secrets and covertly surveying us without us knowing it. Government surveillance constructs a fine line today between being either ethical or immoral. It is apparent through the recent NSA Edward Snowden leaks, that the government has been hiding a lot ... ... 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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