Sacrificing Freedom for Security

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Our nation seems as if it is in a constant battle between freedom and safety. Freedom and security are two integral parts that keep our nation running smoothly, yet they are often seen conflicting with one another. “Tragedies such as Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings may invoke feelings of patriotism and a call for unity, but the nation also becomes divided, and vulnerable populations become targets,” (Wootton 1). “After each attack a different group or population would become targets. “The attack on Pearl Harbor notoriously lead to Japanese Americans being imprisoned in internment camps, the attacks on 9/11 sparked hate crimes against those who appeared to be Muslim or Middle Eastern,” (Wootton 1). Often times people wind up taking sides, whether it be for personal freedoms or for national security, and as a nation trying to recover from these disasters we should be leaning on each other for support. Due to these past events the government has launched a series of antiterrorist measures – from ethnic profiling to going through your personal e-mail (Begley 1). Although there are times when personal freedoms are sacrificed for the safety of others, under certain circumstances the government could be doing more harm than good. The 9/11 attack changed America in ways that made limits on our freedom and privacy seem better than the alternative. On September 11, 2001, “...our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist attacks,” President George W. Bush stated in a public address shortly after the attacks. He also stated, “Today, our nation saw evil – the very worst of human nature – and we responded with the very best of America,” to calm fears ... ... middle of paper ... ...y For Security.” Business Insider. 8 Jul. 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Liptak, Adam. “Civil Liberties Today.” The New York Times, 2011. Web. 6 Apr. 2014. Lopach, James J. and Luckowski, Jean A. “National Security and Civil Liberty: Striking the Balance.” Heldref Publications, 2007. n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. Riley, Michael. “NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years.” Bloomberg, 2014. Web. 11 Apr. 2014. Risen, Tom. "The NSA's Violation Of Privacy." U.S. News Digital Weekly 5.37 (2013): 7. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Slavick, Louise Chipley. "...In A Japanese-American Internment Camp." Calliope 23.7 (2013): 34. MasterFILE Premier. n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. Wootton, Julie. "Symposium Speaker: National Security, Civil Liberties a Balancing Act." Times-News, The (Twin Falls, ID) 21 June 2013: Newspaper Source Plus. n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.
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