“Before Sept. 11, the idea that Americans would voluntarily agree to live their lives under the gaze of a network of biometric surveillance cameras, peering at them in government buildings, shopping malls, subways and stadiums, would have seemed unthinkable, a dystopian fantasy of a society that had surrendered privacy and anonymity”(Jeffrey Rosen). Where were you on September 11, 2001? Do you remember the world before this tragic incident? Throughout history, the United States has adopted forms of legislation with the intention of improving national security. From prohibition, to gun laws, the outcomes of these legislations have not always been good.
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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?
In addition, the surveillance program cannot be fully justified by the federal laws and the Constitution. The surveillance program should be terminated because of it is: ineffective, becoming a threat to the country, and unconstitutional. PRISM has never met its target goal ever since it was established and what it is doing to irrelevant to national security. It only has gathered the metadata just to spy on the US citizens instead of spying on foreign threats to the Nation. Metadata is the telephone record NSA has forced Verizon to hand in to them which includes who’s on... ... middle of paper ... ...n, and Devlin Barrett.
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No one should bear the power to spy on you, hold you without trial, deny you of free speech, to enter your home; this is a violation of American liberties and the constitution. Benjamin Franklin once said “Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”. That is why the giving up of our rights to help the “National security” of our country was wrong, and is why the PATRIOT Act is unconstitutional, and needs to be repealed. The PATRIOT Act is a bill passed to help law enforcement agencies locate, gather evidence on, apprehend terrorists, but it has been used for much more than it was originally made for, and allows the government to go beyond the boundaries the constitution sets for them. A single example of this is Section 201, which gives the United States government the authority to intercept Electronic, oral, and wire communications without a warrant, and it give the government the authority to demand these records from anyone who holds them.
Can you be sure that the government is not monitoring your every call and keystroke? The government has created a program under the National Security Agency that records the public’s usage of data and communications. In recent developments, the media has depicted the NSA as the ominous Orwellian Big Brother that is watching every move you make and thought you think. This is not far from the truth since your metadata from every call or online search is recorded, stored, and can be used to decode you as a person. The USA PATRIOT Act was valuable to the NSA while the United States was in a national crisis, after the attacks on September 11th; but now, the PATRIOT ACT needs to be repealed or modified to abide by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution because our time of crisis is over and political decisions do not need to be made as quickly.