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To Surveil or Not to Surveil... 
30th-Jun-2015 04:22 pm
Today's entry in potus_geeks is about the NSA surveillance of virtually everyone's email and telephone data. There are two sides to this question:

Those who support the program say that it is a necessary evil in today's world when terrorists can take multiple lives in a single event. They argue that this kind of surveillance is necessary to prevent such events from happening and to apprehend those who commit such acts. President Obama says that we have to have faith in the professionalism of those administering the program not to use it for any ulterior motive other than what it was intended for.

Those opposed to the program call it an abhorrent invasion of privacy, one that is indiscriminate and arbitrary, and one which allows the high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval or oversight. They say it is blatantly unconstitutional and in reality prevents very little terrorist activity.

What say you?

Poll #2015579 Electronic surveillance

Should your government have the right to access every citizen's private email, electronic communication and internet activity for the purposes of detecting and preventing terrorist threats?

Only if they have first obtained a warrant from a court or a judge

1st-Jul-2015 03:31 am (UTC)
privacy is a thing of the past
there is no privacy on the internet
hackers steal information daily
so the government wants to get a drop on whoever
welcome to the Brave New World
1st-Jul-2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought about it from that point of view, but it's an interesting one. The whole debate about privacy may ultimately be about something that doesn't really exist. I wonder though, if we surrender our cyber-privacy that easily, what will be next? Will we think nothing of random searches of our homes in the name of preventing terrorism? Will search warrants become irrelevant, justified by keeping up with criminals and terrorists?

Don't you wish they would put the same energy into keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys?
1st-Jul-2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
absolutely on guns!!!!

i am very big on privacy and regret that it seems so little valued today

i start with physical privacy - i don't want to be seen - i have a very private balcony

i want to be anonymous- i tell very little about myself - my ideas an opinion fine - but not about my life

i resent giving information about my self and life -

interesting that the original card that came with a social security number said NOT TO BE USED FOR IDENTIFICATION
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