Safety and Security National security is key to the united states government, but do the people of the united states agree that national security is above their personal privacy

What kinds of information is collected by the government?

The United States collects information from multiple different types of sources. The information collected can range from text messages to social media sites to video surveillance on you. This is the most recent way the USA has been able to monitor your daily activities and invade your personal privacies. USA has many different agencies to collect and process this information like NSA, CBI, FBI, CIA, HomeLand Security, and DoD according to May Kubichek reporting from CNN. They are able to collect information from social media sites and our text messages unless they are encrypted according to Charlie Savage of the New York Times. Any message or post made on the web or through a network is collected by the different organizations till deemed unnecessary information according to Steven Dudley of the New York Times. To conclude the government collects all information that has been or is being made public.

Should the governments be able to collect information from social media sites?

The government says collecting information from social media sites is completely legal. To support this, the New York Times article by Steven Dudley states, “you sign a terms and agreement before signing up for social media which clearly states that the government can access and collect anything you post or say on social media.” The government collects any and every relevant and irrelevant from personal and public social media sites to decode to see if there’s any threats. Ray Sanchez from CNN reports, ”using social media the terror groups are increasingly reaching new sympathizers and encouraging attacks such as the one foiled in Boston.” Social media sites are a key player for extremist groups to communicate, plan out attacks, threaten countries, and increase their influence. Therefore taking all this into consideration the governments should and are completely authorized to collect information from social media sites.

How do people feel about the government surveillance?

People may feel that National security is more important than personal liberty, but the majority of people would say they value their privacy since they are not a threat to the United States, so therefore they personal liberties should not be compromised. People feel threatened and are against government surveillance. According to the Pew Research Center, a recent research showed that 86% of people feel like the government is violating their personal liberties through government surveillance, this shows that people of the USA are feeling negative about government surveillance due the lengths the government goes. Pew Research Center also says 37% of them say it’s justified due to national security, which in turn shows some people are okay with the idea, but according to Jane Justins of the Huffington Post reported that 68% of people are against government surveillance unless it is in public places. Jane perfectly states that the people view government surveillance as a negative concept unless it is in public places. Taking all this into consideration people view government surveillance as something that needs to change.

Who is able to see your information collected by the NSA(National Security Agency)?

Government officials, high ranking authorities, and police officers with clearance are able to view the information collected from NSA according to the CBI and FBI policies. Also using FOIA(Freedom of Information Act), you can ask to access any information the government has collected on you, but under this same act anyone else can ask to see your personal information if there is a valid reason.The NSA only considers private government classified information or content off limits for anyone but authorized personnel usage. Chaw Mitchell reporting from New American Times says “personal privacy is up for grabs when it comes to national security…”. Which is telling us that anyone in the NSA or government personnel can see your information if they have a valid reason or suspicion. In conclusion, anyone from a general citizen to the highest ranking government personnel can see your information collected by the NSA if there is a doubt or suspicious activities on your part. Otherwise, your information is only available for you to see, and the NSA personnel when it is needed. In conclusion, only high ranking officials and personnels in the NSA can view your information.

Does the Government have limitations when it comes to invading Apple’s consumer privacy?

Currently the government has limitations to content being accessed, but it has recently violated it. According to an article on, the US government worked with another 3rd party to bypass an Iphone's security system. Which in turn helped them break through an Iphone which supposedly held information about terrorist attacks. In an article from the Asia News Monitor it states, “Apple decided to not help the government access a locked Iphone which might have potential information on terrorist but not guaranteed.” this in turn caused the outrage in the government. The government wanted to access some content that apple refused to give therefore they found ways around it. This clearly shows that the current government has nothing to restrict its access or its control over some areas, which is a major problem currently.

Crash Course CR vs Lib

In this video, the speaker uses a direct and tries to maintain an unbiased point of view while teaching us about the civil liberties and civil rights. But small things like the increase of his tone, or the usage of the word beneficial helps us think he is for civil rights. He also mentions that almost all the possible cases for violating the law have happened. There is an example for every situation for invasion of personal privacy and civil rights. The images all used remain to be unbiased as far I as the reader/viewer can tell. There weren’t many things at all that weren’t just facts or statements from the USA’s founding documents.


Encrypted-a way a message or information is made to be viewable to only the audience intended

Personal Liberties- Freedoms of each individual which should be guaranteed to each human being

Classified-information considered too important to be able to be given or viewed by the public or general population

Surveillance-A view to be able to collect information and view an individual or a group of people

Sympathizers-Someone or a group of people who show compassion or interest in a view or organization or idea.

Bypass-To get around or break through a system or structure


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