Spy on me, I'd rather be safe By: Maddie Pickard

My debate is on the privacy issues citizens feel towards government organizations having access to their devises in order to spy for potential terrorists. This has been a controversial issue since the creation of technological devices, but became very apparent since the term of President Bush and President Obama when the organizations came to light. I am on the side of pro-government access to my devices in order to aid in the capture of potential terrorists.

Online surveillance helps detect threats such as terrorism, crime, child pornography, tax evasion and fraud. Having the ability to trace communication of suspected criminals and terrorist save lives. According to the director of the NSA, since 9/11 government surveillance has led to stopping over 50 terrorist attacks before they could even happen.

The FBI closed an investigation it had launched shortly after September11. In 2007, under the Patriot Act- Section 215, the NSA identified a phone number in San Diego that was in contact with a known terrorist overseas. The NSA’s discovery allowed the FBI to reopen the investigation and disrupt the terrorist activity.
While people claim that what these agencies are doing is illegal, it is completely legal. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 allows surveillance without individual warrants if the targets are non citizens abroad, even if the collection takes place on domestic soil. The Patriot Act gives powers to federal agencies on domestic and international surveillance of electronic communications. President Bush was attacked when enacted such programs in 2002 and people claim that what he did was not legal, but everyone knows the president has to go through extensive processes to sign a document such as this. It is legal as far as documentation goes.
Anti-Surveillance supporters claim that the government is misusing their power and violating freedom rights given by the Fourth Amendment by having free access to their phone records and computer histories without warrants or citizen's knowledge.
If you think the government is violating freedoms by looking at your information, you are probably hiding something. So spy on me, because I would rather be safe than let a terrorist attack occur that could have been prevented if the government did not have to worry about violating a single person's privacy in order to locate an attacker.

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