Individual Privacy vs. National Security

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Individual Privacy vs. National Security William J. Crabtree ENG 121 Instructor: Jessica Hamman July 02, 2012 First off let me just say that National Security is not just a bunch of government spy’s out there to take your privacy away and put your information out there for everyone. National Security serves many purposes from emergency preparedness and management to keeping threats isolated. So as history has revealed before, the people of our nation cannot afford to be self-centered on their Individual Privacy and the fight against our government’s way of protecting us. If we just take a minute to weigh the outcome of letting the government monitor not take away our Individual Privacy for the good of National Security we would see that many disastrous events could have and can be prevented. On September 11, 2001, the United States was invaded for the first time since the War of 1812 also known as “America’s second war of Independence”. Terrorist’s that had been living in America boarded and hijacked civilian airlines, leading to the deaths of many American’s. By no means should we forfeit all Individual Privacy Rights but we should find a way to work with the government that protects us to better our National Security. The terrorist acts of 9/11 forced the U.S Government to take action and create the USA Patriot Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. This act reduced the restrictions for U.S. agencies gathering information and intelligence within the United States. Many people argue that the government’s ability to spy on us whenever deemed necessary is a violation of their Civil Rights. This type of intelligence and the capabilities to monitor people however has been around for a while, it is known as the ECHELON program. “The NSA inherited the ECHELON program from AFSA. This global spy network, known as UK-USA, was a

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