Our nation, a beacon of freedom, should still be able to protect Americans as well as others, while still affirming the values of privacy and liberty. This delicate balance questions how much the government should know about its people. The National Security Agency helps keep Americans safe from terrorist threats. Although safety is important, having our civil liberties protected is a fundamental right. Should we investigate terrorist threats and avoid privacy intrusions? A majority of Americans, 54%, disapprove of the U.S. government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts, while 42% approve of the program.
Examples of text that explore the problems National Security Agency’s programs could create is George Orwell’s 1984. An imbalance of power between individuals and the government is the overlying issue. There is room for the government to know too much about it citizens which is dangerous. Surveillance programs should be limited to suspicion of terror threats instead of threatening citizen’s privacy. What do you think?