The Pros And Cons Of Government Surveillance

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To begin, government surveillance invades citizen’s privacy and breaks the fourth and first Amendment right that they naturally have. The fourth amendment states that a person has the right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures while the first amendment exercises freedom of speech and religion (United States Constitution). Government surveillance breaks the fourth amendment by searching people’s internet files and databases without a reason; the first amendment is also broken because people no longer have freedom of speech if the NSA is spying on them and what they say is being monitored. The NSA has been spying on citizens for quite some time now to find out what they have been saying or doing. Charlie Savage, an author and newspaper reporter, states in his article…show more content…
This quote explains how the NSA gains information from innocent people who have no intent on sharing their personal information with anybody. The NSA is taking unnecessary measures such as hacking phone calls and satellite transmissions to get information from people who have not done anything wrong and are not suspects in criminal activity. In her article “I Have Nothing to Hide: Government Surveillance Does Not Concern Me”, Irasema Garza states, “The survey respondents also reasoned that, unlike private companies who track Internet users for profit, the government’s motivation is to protect the country from terrorists and criminals” (Paragraph 2). Irasema Garza is an attorney and public servant who deals with government surveillance cases on a daily basis whether it is against it or for it. The quote shows that Garza took a survey in which most of the people surveyed had nothing to hide from the government and probably never

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